The American President Monologue – The Public Craves Leadership
Movie The American President
Character Lewis (Michael J. Fox)
Does the President answer to a single citizen of the country? In this monologue you will see why it’s every citizen’s right to have the President answer to them. The President of the United States is, after all, a servant of the people.
A.J. “The President doesn’t answer to you, Lewis.”
Lewis “Oh yes, he does, A.J. I’m a citizen, this is my president, and in this country it is not only permissible to question our leaders, it is our responsibility. But you already know that, Mr. President, because you have a deeper love of this country than any man I’ve ever known, and I want to know what it says to you that in the past seven weeks 59 percent of Americans have begun to question your patriotism?” Shepherd “SHEPHERD Look, if people want to listen to Bob Rumson–” Lewis: “They don’t have a choice! Rob Rumson’s the only one doing the talking. People want leadership. And in the absence of genuine leadership, they will listen to anyone who steps up to the microphone. They want leadership, Mr. President. They’re so thirsty for it, they’ll crawl through the desert toward a mirage, and when they discover there’s no water, they’ll drink the sand.”
Shepard: “Lewis, we’ve had Presidents who were beloved, who couldn’t find a coherent sentence with two hands and a flashlight. People don’t drink the sand, ’cause they’re thirsty, Lewis. They drink it ’cause they don’t know the difference.”