Remembering The 1995 Michael Douglas Film “The American President”

Have you voted yet? Get out and do your civic duty, then come back. Okay! welcome back! Since today is Election Day, we thought it only right that all of the posts today have a political bent to them. Kicking things off is a look back at 1995’s The American President. In this engaging romantic comedy, politics makes strange bedfellows, as well as a blizzard of media attention, when widower U.S. president Michael Douglas begins courting environmental lobbyist Annette Bening in this winning mix of romantic comedy and political intrigue from director Rob Reiner. With Richard Dreyfuss, Michael J. Fox, Samantha Mathis, and Martin Sheen. Fun fact: Writer Aaron Sorkin was so creatively energized while writing the script to this film that he was inspired to make a television show about life in the White House. The result was, as you may have already guessed, The West Wing, starring Sheen as President Josiah “Jeb” Bartlett.