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Jenna Elfman's White House party

There's a new president and first lady headed to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. -- on TV, that is

March 14, 2012|By Dana Moran | RedEye

Can't we just elect Bill Pullman as president already? The former movie prez was confirmed last month to be starring on NBC's "1600 Penn," a comedy about a wacky first family, and now, Jenna Elfman will be playing his wife, deadline.com reports. While we're still unsure about this pairing, we definitely have some strong feelings about other fictional White House residents. See how we cast our votes.

damoran@tribune.com | @redeyedana

Martin Sheen and Stockard Channing

"The West Wing"

President Bartlet never took down an alien race, but he and Dr. Bartlet kicked butt in so many other ways. The nerdy, intellectual president and his brilliant, sassy wife had plenty of Americans wishing they were the real first couple during the George W. Bush administration.

Bill Pullman and Mary McDonnell

"Independence Day"

His President Whitmore saved the planet from aliens while flying a fighter jet. Her Mrs. Whitmore (almost) survived a giant laser attack on L.A. How could this couple not be No.1?! If Bill can just repeat this on "1600 Penn," he's golden.

Jack Nicholson and Glenn Close

"Mars Attacks!"

President and Mrs. Dale quickly learn what happens when you decide not to nuke aliens: They kill you with a robotic hand, and put their own faces on Mount Rushmore. At least their daughter, Taffy (Natalie Portman), survived to fight another day.

Dennis Haysbert and Penny Johnson Jerald

"24"

Skirting an assassination plot, avoiding nuclear war with the Middle East ... you know, just everyday, normal presidential stuff. Actually, since each season of the show took place in just one day, it kind of WAS everyday stuff for President Palmer and his wife, Sherry.

Harrison Ford and Wendy Crewson

"Air Force One"

"Get off my plane!" That's almost all that needs to be said about this absurd presidential flick involving aircraft hijacking. Also, President Marshall and family manage to escape via a cable strung between two planes, and totally don't get blown away by ridiculous, ridiculous buffeting winds.

Billy Bob Thornton

"Love Actually"

We can only assume this scalawag had a wife lurking somewhere. Billy Bob's unnamed prez seemed like a cross between Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, trying to screw over Britain while also trying to screw the prime minister's aide. Don't worry, he gets what he deserves.

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