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Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction and sometimes fiction is more comforting than truth. Josiah Bartlett (the TV character, not the actual Declaration signatory) served as fictional President of the United States for seven years. While he was decidedly liberal, he was also tough and fair -- and sure seemed a lot more like what a President should be than what we're going to have to choose from in November.
Image of Martin Sheen courtesy United States Navy.
Well, since we just had Martin Sheen (who embodied Jed Bartlett) as our previous pick, it's only fair to add Charlie Sheen to our presidential rogue's gallery. While he might not make the best President, the partying Charlie Sheen would certainly be able to build rapport with the Secret Service.
Yes. I went there. And yes, this whole thing was a build-up for a Secret Service gag. Guilty as charged.
Image courtesy Aspen Police Department (seriously).
I really do wonder what Ben Franklin would be like if he were around today. He's the "most likely to have been President, but wasn't" among our founding fathers, and I'm sure he'd make a good President today as well. Of course, he'd have to keep his libido in his pants, and both sides would probably consider him too wacky even to nominate.
Image courtesy the White House.