The American President

Synopsis: Andrew Shepherd is approaching the end of his first term as President of the United States. He's a widower with a young daughter and has proved to be popular with the public. His election seems assured. That is until he meets Sydney Ellen Wade, a paid political activist working for an environmental lobby group. He's immediately smitten with her and after several amusing attempts, they finally manage to go on a date (which happens to be a State dinner for the visiting President of France). His relationship with Wade opens the door for his prime political opponent, Senator Bob Rumson, to launch an attack on the President's character, something he could not do in the previous election as Shepherd's wife had only recently died.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Rob Reiner
Production: Columbia Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 9 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
114 min

Liberty's moving.

The 10:
15 event's been moved inside

to the lndian Treaty room.

15 is American Fisheries?

Yes, sir. They're giving you

a 200-pound halibut.

Janie, make a note.

We need to schedule more events...

where somebody gives me

a really big fish.

- Yes, sir.

- Janie, I'm kidding.

- Hey, Cooper.

- Morning, Mr. President.

Mr. Rothschild asked to have

a moment with you this morning, sir.

Is he upset

about the speech last night?

He seemed concerned.

It wouldn't be a Monday morning

unless Lewis was concerned...

about something I did Sunday night.

- You skipped a whole paragraph!

- And Monday morning it is.

"Americans can no longer afford to

pretend they live in a great society--"

And then you dumped

the whole handguns paragraph.

This is a time

for prudence, Lewis.

But, sir, that was

the kick-ass section.

Well, I thought what with being

president and all--

I didn't mean to imply--

I thought you'd be turning

cartwheels this morning, Lewis.

- 63% job approval.

- That is good news, sir.

- Morning, Mr. President.

- Morning, Charlie.

Sir, the press is gonna need

an explanation.

- For what?

- Because you dumped the whole section.

- Now we've got this thing hanging out.

- There's this thing hanging out?

"Americans can no longer afford to

pretend they live in a great society--"

And then nothing.

No explanation, no context.

- It's just this thing.

- And it's hanging out?

- Yes, sir.

- Maria.

- Good morning, sir.

- I'm gonna need--

Overall consumer spending

and not just first homes?

- We'll have it for you in 15 minutes.

- Thanks.

Mr. President, I really feel--

However much coffee you drink,

I want you to reduce it by half.

- I don't drink coffee, sir.

- Then hit yourself with a baseball bat.

- Yes, sir.

- Happy birthday, Laura.

- Laura, happy birthday.

- Thank you, sir.

- I should send her some flowers.

- You already did, sir.

- Good morning, Mr. President.

- How are you today, Mrs. Chapil?

Fine, sir. Mr. Kodak left a detailed

breakdown of the approval poll for you.

He seemed to indicate

that it was very good news.

Sixty-three percent of it,

at any rate.

Lucy called just a moment ago.

You forgot to sign her permission slip.

Ah, the museum trip.

I'll go get it, sir.

- What time is she getting home?

- 3:

- How's my afternoon look?

- Very crowded.

Schedule some time at 3:45.

Too-tall McCall!

So how was Mexico?

I didn't appreciate it

until I came back...

and discovered that America

isn't a great society.

He dumped a whole section.

Now there's this thing

hanging out?

Not a great society, sir?

With you out of the country, it wasn't.

Now that you're back, we're great again.

There's a pressroom full of people

saying, "What did he mean by that?"

- A.J., did you get one of these?

- The letter from Solomon at the G.D.C.?

It appears to be a letter

from the entire environmental community.

- These people are out of control.

- Well, they're frustrated.

Are they blaming the president

for global warming?

They don't think he caused it.

I'm on the phone with them twice a week.

I honestly don't know

what they want at this point.

They want a 20% reduction

in fossil fuel emissions.

- It won't pass at 20%.

- Well, we haven't really tried.

McSorley, McClusky and Shane

hold too many markers.

If we try to push this through and lose,

there will be a very loud thud...

and that's not what you want

in an election year.

Talk to the G.D.C. again.

Tell them the president

resents the implication...

he's turned his back

on the environment.

I'll send 455 to the floor,

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Aaron Sorkin

Aaron Benjamin Sorkin (born June 9, 1961) is an American screenwriter, producer, and playwright. His works include the Broadway plays A Few Good Men and The Farnsworth Invention; the television series Sports Night, The West Wing, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, and The Newsroom; and the films A Few Good Men, The American President, Charlie Wilson's War, The Social Network, Moneyball, and Steve Jobs. more…

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