Hey- if the show's producers wanted to show how "impartial" and "open-minded" they are, then why didn't they make the character black or Asian?.......
Tuning in Mrs. President
Across nation, a television first is drawing hope and celebration
By Jenna Russell, Globe Staff | September 27, 2005
As political milestones go, it doesn't look like anything to drop confetti over: Tonight, actress Geena Davis will become the first woman to play the president of the United States on television, in the ABC premiere of the drama ''Commander in Chief."
But to many women in politics, some of whom admit to being ravenous for progress, a fictional president is plenty of reason to celebrate.
Several well-connected Boston women, including former Democratic gubernatorial nominee Shannon O'Brien, will host a premiere party for the television show tonight at the University of Massachusetts at Boston.
About 200 Girl Scouts and college students have been invited to watch and eat popcorn.
The gathering is one of several scheduled to take place around the country at the urging of the White House Project, a nonprofit, nonpartisan New York group that works to elect women to top roles in government.
Erin Bradley, 31, of Quincy, a graduate student in public policy at UMass, said she plans to attend tonight's party ''to feel the energy and to bounce around ideas about how to keep up the fight."
A fan of NBC's ''The West Wing," she said she does not expect to have any trouble juggling two shows about life in the White House. She applauded the casting of Davis, a 6-foot Wareham native who graduated from Boston University and was a semifinalist for the US archery team.
''In order to make change, you have to get things in the mainstream, and this is the first time we'll see a woman as president on TV," she said. ''It gives you hope."
What is important about the new show, local event organizers said, is just that, its potential to make the image of a female president familiar and more comfortable, in the same way that a popular show with gay characters, ''Will & Grace," is seen as having increased acceptance of homosexuality.
In California, a ''Commander in Chief" house party will be hosted by Democratic insider Susan Estrich, who managed the 1988 presidential campaign of Michael S. Dukakis. The party will have a Hollywood flair, with a guest list that includes supermodel Amber Valletta and actress Morgan Fairchild, the Los Angeles Times reported.
In Boston, where the festivities will be held in the university's Campus Center, the scene will be less glamorous and more academic. Before the premiere, young women will be treated to a slideshow and lecture on the history of women in US politics.
O'Brien, the Democratic nominee who lost to Mitt Romney in 2002, said she was recruited to the event by Donna Mulle, chief executive of the Center for Women & Enterprise in Boston. Now chief executive of the Greater Boston Girl Scouts council, O'Brien said the television show -- in which Davis's character, an Independent vice president, moves up to the presidency after the Republican president suffers a stroke -- may make the White House seem more attainable to young women.
''What's neat about the girls and young women I'm meeting is, they've thought about running for office, for president, and it's up to us to show them it can happen," she said. ''This is a TV show -- they get that -- but it's a discussion of how it might work."
She noted that Davis, the actress who will play the president, was herself a Girl Scout, along with Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barbara Bush.
Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey, the most prominent woman in Massachusetts politics these days, will be attending an event during tonight's premiere and won't be watching, a spokeswoman said.
Another high-powered local woman, Cambridge fund-raiser Barbara Lee, will be watching with particular interest: After she sent series director Rod Lurie one of her guidebooks for women in politics, he asked her to serve as an informal consultant on the show and invited her to the set to brainstorm about the Geena Davis character.
When Lee realized that Lurie had previously worked on the movie ''The Contender," starring Joan Allen as the first woman vice president, she said she felt confident that the issue must matter to him. After visiting the set, she said, she was certain.
''I had the feeling they are true believers," said Lee, who will hold a fund-raising rally for Hillary Clinton and three other Democratic female senators in Boston next month. ''He said one main reason he's doing the show is because he has a daughter," Lee said.
Rumors have swirled around the show, with some conspiracy theorists in Internet chat rooms convinced it is part of a liberal Hollywood plot to help Clinton win the presidency in 2008.
Lee, a White House Project founder who has spent years trying to boost public acceptance of female candidates, was circumspect about the possible benefits, saying the show ''could be helpful for Hillary, or any woman running."
''If people are asked to close their eyes and visualize the president, they envision a man, and this program will help to change that," she said.
1) I know people that went to HS with Geena Davis- a real moonbat even back then. Looks little like she did then- lotsa plastic surgery.
2) "Mrs. President"? Not the first time Hollyweird has had a lady president in a film. Polly Bergen was in one when I was a kid.
Nothing new here, other than softening up the sheeple for the second coming of Hillary.
If a woman is going to be president, than make it Condoleeza Rice for prez, thank you....
I am always amazed at the delusions that attend leftism. These communist crones are in a dither over the succession of a fictitious female VP to the Presidency, as though it meant something real, and more importantly, meant something for them. (See below for my prognostication on what it means.) The fact is that when the first woman President is sworn in, these boneheads will be lying on the sidewalk in front of the White House having a "Soil Your Panties for Peace Die-In and Wipe-Off," because Madame President will be somebody like Condi Rice or Jean Kirkpatrick, and not some bedwetting liberal jellyfish.
What I think the new series means: I think it means that the Republican will win the election on "The West Wing," depriving turd-fondlers across America of the fictitious President who has allowed them to hang on through these dark years. "Mrs. President" indicates to me that the people in Hollywood (who are politically feckless but excellent readers of the public at large) have already determined that Hillary will be nominated by the Democrats but soundly whipped by what passes for a conservative these days, thus creating among naifs from Maine to California a deep longing for a faux Hillary similar to the longing for a faux Bill which made "The West Wing" successful. In short, they know they're going to lose again, and they want their political fantasy in place on the tube beforehand.
America is not ready for a woman president, no matter how much social programming happens between now and 2008.