Blockbuster action movies love cutting to the president for an inspiring speech during a disaster, but the fact is, most movie presidents are terrible.
To celebrate president's day, here are the absolute worst presidents ever in sci-fi movies.
5. President Merkin Muffley — Dr. Strangelove
President Merkin Muffley is trying his best, but he doesn’t have what it takes to avert nuclear war — or even stop his staff from fighting in the war room.
4. President James Dale — Mars Attacks!
After abandoning his family and letting Martians run roughshod over Earth, President James Dale delivers an inspiring speech only to be gruesomely killed seconds later.
3. The President — Escape from New York
Escape from New York’s president — who shows no gratitude after he’s rescued from kidnappers or remorse for the people he got killed — is so unlikeable he doesn’t even get a name. (He also had a British accent.)
2. President Jack Cahill — Escape from L.A.
Snake Plissken’s second presidential run-in is with this theocrat who imprisons anyone he disagrees with in L.A. after an earthquake turns the city into an island.
1. President Coriolanus Snow — The Hunger Games
President Snow uses every trick in the tyrant’s book, culminating in the perverse Hunger Games competition, which forces children to fight to the death.