Tuesday, September 22, 2015

What Movies Did Jimmy Carter Watch At The White House?

Matt Novak over at Paleofuture recently posted this list, entitled Every Single Movie That Jimmy Carter Watched at the White House.

It also links to journal entries of what else Carter did on the day of each viewing, as well as to lists of what Regan and Nixon watched. So you might as well just go read that post, since it's a lot more useful than anything I have to say here.

Anyway... Appropriately enough, Carter kicked things off with "All the President’s Men", keeping the paranoia going with subsequent viewings of "The China Syndrome" and "Three Days of the Condor". Also in the governmental realm were "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" (1939) and "The Candidate" (1972).

Disappointgly, the political theme doesn't go very deep. And not surprisingly, Carter's tastes appear to have kept fairly moderate.

As far as I can tell the only movie he screened twice was "Rocky", each viewing about four months apart. He only watched "Rocky II" once though. Fair enough.

In many cases his tastes dovetailed with mine quite handily: "Alien", the original "Star Wars" and "The Empire Strikes Back" (he apparently watched Episode IV with Anwar Sadat), "Mildred Pierce", "Barry Lyndon", "Klute", "The Shining", "Airplane", and-- yes, I'll say it-- "Meatballs".

Some titles ("Herbie Rides Again", "The Black Hole") I can only assume he watched with Amy. That assumption dovetails with a few of the following as well; in any case, it amuses me greatly to think of any head of state kicking back and viewing these titles:

"The Cat From Outer Space" (1978) — November 8, 1978
"Magic" (1978) — February 25, 1979
"Blue Lagoon" (1980) — May 23, 1980
"Fame" (1980) — September 5, 1980
"My Bodyguard" (1980) — October 17, 1980
"Every Which Way But Loose" (1978) — February 24, 1979

The strongest impression I get here is the old "I still haven't seen this yet? What's wrong with me?" vibe. When I see titles like "Bad Day at Black Rock", "The Searchers" and "The Misfits", I'm reminded that our leaders are here to inspire us to ever greater heights of achievement. And I thank them for it.

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