What Your Favorite TV President Says About You

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Happy Presidents’ Day! For a lot of people, the main takeaway from this holiday is “I got a three day weekend, God bless the USA.” For other people, it’s a day to wave the American flag and pay respect to our country’s leaders. But for most of us, it’s time to think about all the fictional presidents we’ve spent time with over the years.

Let’s face it. A lot of us have spent more hours watching pretend presidents on TV than we have watching our real-life presidents. In that time we’ve all likely developed some favorite commanders-in-chief. As it turns out, your favorite TV president can tell people a lot about you, and it’s not just about politics. Need more proof that TV leaders are like tea leaves? Pick your favorite TV prez from the list of iconic ones below and see if our personality predictions line up. Not gonna lie, it’s pretty fool-proof.

1. President Fitzgerald Grant (Tony Goldwyn), Scandal

You’re a hopeless romantic. Your music collection consists of Taylor Swift, Taylor Swift, and even more Taylor Swift. You never got your homework done in high school because spending time with your boyfriend was more important. You once laid tracks down between your house and your crush’s house just so you could say he was from the opposite side of them.

2. The President, Veep

You hate people. When you spot someone you know in the supermarket, you leave and don’t go back for three days, even if it means you have no groceries. You have a list of excuses to choose from on your fridge just in case someone calls and asks you to go out. Haha, just kidding. You never answer the phone anyway. You might be a hermit.

3. President Elias Martinez (Blair Underwood), The Event

You have no idea what this post is even about. You just saw the name Blair Underwood and went directly to it like a moth to a flame. You’re very attracted to Blair Underwood. How attracted to him? So attracted to him that you sat through this show. And/or you believe in aliens.

4. President Mackenzie Allen (Geena Davis), Commander in Chief

You’re a feminist. Your hobbies include breaking the glass ceiling, rolling your eyes at jewelry commercials, and shopping for briefcases. There’s also a 90% chance you never even watched this show but just wanted to choose the woman to make a statement.

5. President David Palmer (Dennis Haysbert), 24

You’re a dad. You spent all your time ten years ago raving to your family over the dinner table about how awesome this show was. You forced your teenage daughter to watch it with you every week. You tuck polo shirts into jeans and carry your phone in a holster. You bought a weight bench last summer and only used it once.

6. President Standrich Gilchrist (Bill Pullman), 1600 Penn

You’re estranged from your family because they ruined your life. You’re working on a memoir about it. You feel a deep connection with Michael Bluth of Arrested Development, to the point that you’re convinced he was based on you. You’ve written Mitch Hurtwitz a lot of paranoid letters about it.

7. President Josiah Bartlet (Martin Sheen), The West Wing

You have a way with words. You spend your weekends sitting at Starbucks scribbling ideas into a moleskin journal. You consult a thesaurus before saying everything just in case there’s a smarter-sounding word available. You devote two hours a day to being deep in thought. Either that or you just have a heart.

8. President Garrett Walker (Michel Gill), House of Cards

You like going against the grain. You like stuff before everyone else does. You spot a list of TV presidents and pick the most obscure one. You’re also insane. Why are you watching House of Cards and paying attention to anyone else but Kevin Spacey?

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    • Malorie

      Write in: Dave (Kevin Kline). He technically wasn’t a president, but whatever! I love that movie

      • Jill O’Rourke

        I love that movie too! I was just focusing on TV presidents here, but he’s an excellent choice.

      • Malorie

        See, I love Dave so much I totally forgot this was TV presidents only. Does he count if I’ve seen that movie on cable an embarrassing amount of times? ;-)

    • http://maitribathbody.com/ Maitri

      LOL – the only ones I’ve ever watched were Scandal (nope, he’s cute but not my favorite) and 24 (which was my pick) and I’m not male so it’s not accurate for my part :)

      • Jill O’Rourke

        You should probably check your waistband for a phone holster just in case.

      • http://maitribathbody.com/ Maitri

        Bahaha that’s all my husband :)

    • Lackadaisical

      Oh dear, Bartlet is the only one I know. I really need to watch the house of cards remake and let go of the creepy Francis Urquhart from when I was 13 but that would mean growing up and admitting to myself that I am in my late 30s. It looks like Netflix and I have a lot of catching up to do.