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Okay, let me clarify, as I know we have a resident ‘Dave’ in Top Comments … I love Dave Kovic. Okay, not that person, either, so much as the 1993 Ivan Reitman film (starring Kevin Kline and Sigourney Weaver) that was named for him.

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I suspect most of you are familiar with the film, as long ago as it was. Kline plays a duel role, of the sitting president (married to Sigourney Weaver) and Dave Kovic, who runs a local temp agency and does presidential impersonations on the side. The president, of unnamed party affiliation (Republican) is a philanderer and an asshole through and through. The Secret Service recruits Dave for the very limited purpose of walking through a public gathering while the president takes time out for a quickie with one of his office secretaries. President has a stroke, is permanently incapacitated and Dave is pressed into a longer impersonation commitment while the president’s chief of staff, Frank Langella, of unspecified party affiliation (Republican), seeks to manipulate the vice president (Ben Kingsley) to resign so Langella can be nominated vice president, assuming the office once it is finally revealed that the president is out of commission. The FLOTUS hates the cheating POTUS, made worse by Langella’s conscienceless maneuvering.

Dave confounds the plot with his honesty, his spontaneity and his unpredictability. The last thing Langella could have predicted was that Kovic would care about governing and become more than the puppet they intended him to be. A Democrat, in other words, though this was never stated in the film. Before he has to leave office - because of a scandal the real president caused - he pushes legislation to direct the country toward full employment, a job for every person who wants one.

The movie was fiction, but the Democratic interest in governing, the Democratic caring about the people … those are absolutely true. And the depiction of the Republicans as unconcerned with meaningful governance, unconcerned with public SERVICE, that is true, too.

Best of all, Dave served as a perfect lead-in to another movie, two years later, The American President, with a Democratic president (of unstated party affiliation) played by Michael Douglas, written by Aaron Sorkin, in a film that directly set the stage for my all-time favorite television series, The West Wing. Martin Sheen and Joshua Malina made their entrances into the progression in The American President. Anna Deavere Smith hit the trifecta, appearing (as far as I know the ONLY one to do so?!) in all three special productions.

Do you have memories of Dave, The American President and/or The West Wing that you would like to share with us tonight? 

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From Eyesbright:
Excellent comment from Snapples, one that I wish the Democratic powers-that-be would adopt.
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