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November 1997, Week 3


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JEFFREY STRASBURG <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 19 Nov 1997 15:36:35 -0800
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I've been toying with an idea for a paper that I thought I'd throw out for
response.  Seems to me that the portrayal of the US President in films
like INDEPENDENCE DAY and AIR FORCE ONE (the former piolet/Green Beret
turned President) plays into the perceived weakness of Bill Clinton as
Commander-in-Chief because of his lack of military experience.  In other
words, these films/directors/producers are capitalizing on this perception
of the current president because of a larger public perception of what it
means to be "presidential."  Obviously, the idea is in it's formative
stages, but I was wondering if anyone knew of any sources on cultural
perceptions of the presidency -- haven't had much luck in my own (very
cursory) searches?  Any suggestions, or any comments on the idea,
particularly if it's either blatantly obvious or old ground?
Jeff McIntire-Strasburg                         Office: FDH 644
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