Ladies and Gentlepersons, allow me to offer, for your considerations, Laura Roslin as the best President ever.
Laura Roslin, a character in the rebooted version of Battlestar Galactica, was the highest ranking survivor of the Cylon attack. Aboard the Galactica, she is sworn in as President of the Thirteen Colonies. A life-long liberal, she has to balance her liberal political beliefs with a draconian situation in which humanity was on the brink of extinction. Although Roslin became ruthless, she never lost her core sense of compassion.
Here are some of the best Roslin lines:
I’m going to be straight with you here. The human race is about to be wiped out. We have fifty thousand people left and that’s it. Now, if we are even going to survive as a species, then we need to get the hell out of here and we need to start having babies.
In war, you can only get killed once. In politics it can happen over and over.
My responsibility as President is, first and foremost, to protect and preserve this fleet and its future. In the end, that outweighs any other consideration. It has to.
I don’t make suggestions, Mr. Baltar. If I wanted to toss a baby out an airlock, I’d say so.
All Hail our President, She Who Takes No Shit. Here she is answering a reporter’s question about her cancer (the character is diagnosed with breast cancer at the beginning of the series):
Happy President’s Day, Karen.