TV president we wish were real: Jed Bartlet or Laura Roslin? | The Tylt
Jed Bartlet (played by Martin Sheen on "The West Wing") is a Commander-In-Chief you can admire—a truly decent public servant who uses politics to fight for the common good. Laura Roslin (played by Mary McDonnell on "Battlestar Galactica") is compelling and heroic in a completely different way; she assumed the presidency after a Cylon attack obliterates 99 percent of humanity, and fights to keep democracy alive during a vicious dystopian war. Who do you want to be president IRL?
TV president we wish were real: Jed Bartlet or Laura Roslin?
Who is the greatest TV president of all time?
In these troubled political times, debating the best small-screen Commander-in-Chief is a welcome exercise in escapism. These fictional characters faced terrorism, Cylons, and scheming staff members; they've had affairs, murdered people, and been driven from office by electoral college ties.
But who wins your vote for TV's best American president?
Alex Bauer says President Bartlet speaks to our childhood ideals of what a compassionate, honorable American leader should be.
Throughout the seasons, Bartlet handles each crisis in a fashion that wins over his staff and viewers. Whether his obstacles come in a political, physical or emotional manners, we trust Jed Bartlet to make the morally correct decision. Beside his intellect and great judgement skills, his quick intellect makes for a great television character.
But could President Bartlet cope with an interstellar holocaust that destroys the Twelve Colonies and nearly all of their human inhabitants? President Roslyn has become a feminist icon, and for good reason:
"In 'Battlestar Galactica,' a woman is president—and she’s the best president ever. Laura Roslin is a ruthless protector of civil rights and the only person who has the guts to go toe-to-toe with the military commander, Bill Adama. She’s pragmatic but not unemotional. And while she’s making all the hard decisions, she’s also battling recurring breast cancer."
Check out President Bartlett's sick burn on Old Testament bigotry. There's a reason why fans call him "the best president we never had."
This former schoolteacher is noble, intelligent, and powerful, but she also doesn't hesitate to eliminate those who threaten the surviving remnants of the human race. You gotta give it up for a president who makes "airlock" into a verb.
Liberals famously engage in the fantasy that "The West Wing" is real and Sheen is the real president.
Others long for President Roslin to take the wheel.
Unlike the fatherly President Bartlett, Roslin bent the law when she felt she had to save the 50,000 surviving members of the human race. And she wasn't afraid to blow traitors out of the airlock. She was ruthless when she had to be.