Sunday Post: Famous Movies…The American President…A Father’s Day Tribute


Jake at Time after Time has a Sunday Post Challenge and every week he provides a theme…this week’s theme is FAMOUS MOVIES.


It seems that the whole world has a fascination with movies.  In this country, we host the Academy Awards…and present the coveted “Oscar” to dozens of actors, actresses, directors, producers and others who are involved in creating the visions we enjoy at the theater.

With a tip of my hat (wait a minute while I put one on) to all the fathers who are reading this and with a thought to the upcoming American presidential elections, I’ve chosen one of my favorite movies about a president, THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT, starring Michael Douglas and Annette Benning.  Not only is it my favorite movie about a president…it is also in my top 10 favorite movies in any category. 

The first time I saw it, I wanted to nominate Michael Douglas to be the REAL American president.  Ethical, yet human, and not above making mistakes, the character he portrayed was willing to do ALMOST anything for what he believed in…and was able to listen and process what he had heard and then change his mind and his tactics, if necessary, FOR THE GOOD OF THE PEOPLE. 

Ahhhhh….isn’t that why we elect a president…to look after the good of the people in our country? 

The American President was a loving father and a thoughtful lover…he puts his love and concern for his daughter above everything and the scene where he tries to order a bunch of flowers for Annette Benning is priceless.  

I’ve seen this movie quite a few times…and never tire of the hope it inspires in me.  I do believe that each president we elect really does want to do his best for the country…and I understand that politics and the economy and the world situation often get in the way of each president carrying out their original plans.


The election for President of the United States is coming up in November.  I hope that everyone who is eligible to vote will examine the issues and the candidates and then exercise this precious right…people in many other countries would die (and some do) to be able to have a say in who governs them.  As parents, we need to be good role models for our children…by voting, we are teaching our children to be involved citizens.

For more great parenting tips and a whole bunch of quick and easy activities that will keep your little ones busy and happy all summer long, you can get a copy of my book, Show Me How!  In the last week, there have been a couple of new reviews of this great parenting resource: Kirsten over at Creating Curious Kids did several of the activities with her own children… and Tom over at Your Family Book Club was happy to recommend as a great way to spend quality time with your kids this summer…

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Photo credits: Mount Rushmore – Ed Menard Ranger

16 thoughts on “Sunday Post: Famous Movies…The American President…A Father’s Day Tribute

  1. I’ve watched “The American President” so many times I practically have it memorized — even though I haven’t seen it for quite a while, I bet I could still quote much of it. I think you’re right. Andrew Shepherd would make a fantastic president. Thanks for sharing this gem!


  2. I agree that Michael Douglas plays the role of the kind of president I want, and I, too, have watched the movie MANY times. He’s a talented actor, but after I watched WALL STREET, FATAL ATTRACTION, AND WAR OF THE ROSES, I had to watch THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT again to like him again.


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