Best TV Presidents

In honor of President’s Day, we have compiled a list of our top 5 favorite fictional TV Presidents.


1. President Josiah (Jed) Bartlet

“The West Wing”

Actor: Martin Sheen

Best Quote: [with the Secretary of Agriculture, Roger Tribbey, the cabinet member staying behind during a State of the Union address]

Bartlet: Oh, Roger. If anything happened, you know what to do, right?

Roger Tribbey: I honestly hadn’t thought about it, sir.

Bartlet: First thing always is national security. Get your commanders together. Appoint Joint Chiefs, appoint a chairman. Take us to defcon 4. Have the governors send emergency delegates to Washington. The assistant Attorney General is going to be the Acting A.G. If he tells you he wants to bring out the National Guard, do what he tells you. [pause] You got a best friend?

Roger Tribbey: Yes, sir.

Bartlet: Is he smarter than you?

Roger Tribbey[chuckles] Yes, sir.

Bartlet: Would you trust him with your life?

Roger Tribbey: Yes, sir.

Bartlet: That’s your chief of staff.




2. President David Palmer


Actor: Dennis Haysbert

Best Quote: “Listen to me. All of you. I know you’re not in the same room with me but you can see and hear me plainly enough. Take a good look. Do I seem scared? Am I breaking into a nervous sweat? Am I babbling? At a loss for words? Is my voice shaking? Can any one of you look me in the eye and tell me I’m disabled?”



3. President Mackenzie Allen

“Commander in Chief”

Actor: Geena Davis

Best Quote: ”So let me understand this. We have half of the Secret Service at the airport, FBI, SWAT teams, we have a spy satellite that can read a license plate from space, and my major source of information is cable news? What if the Chinese invade? Am I gonna hear it first on talk radio?”



4. President Fitzgerald Grant III


Tony Goldwyn

Best Quote: “No one elected you! You’re not the president! You don’t weigh in on foreign policy! Your opinion doesn’t matter! You are the first lady. Your job is to plant gardens and decorate rooms and let them blog about your clothes. You’re ornamental, not functional. So don’t come into the oval and try to use your brain because no one cares.”



5. President Garrett Walker

“House of Cards”

Michael Gill

Best Quote: “I feel like I’m losing control of my own goddamn administration”


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