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from 1993 movie directed by Ivan Reitman, written by Gary Ross, with Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Mitchell and Kevin Kline as Dave Kovic. Ross was nominated for an Academy Award for his screenplay and Kline's performance as Dave was nominated for a Golden Globe Award. Many Hollywood personalities, US Congressmen, and political commentators appear in this film as themselves. You knowif you want to do something for his birthday, I've got great stuff. I do this thing. My friends love it. Quotes
Ellen Mitchell: Turn around. If you want to be the same old selfish bastard. Go ahead. I've gotten used to it. But don't put on this "man of the people" routine and then do something like this.
Dave Kovic: I don't understand.
Ellen Mitchell: You know that wasn't a Works Bill you vetoed. That would've given those kids homes! When I think of that spectacle you put on with that boy and the magic trick.
Dave Kovic: What's wrong with the magic trick?
Ellen Mitchell: Mind if I sit down?
Dave Kovic: Please. Would you like...
Ellen Mitchell: No, thanks. That was quite a thing you did today.
Dave Kovic: Anyone would've done that.
Ellen Mitchell: I don't think so. You helped a lot of people. You know it kind of reminded me of that thing you did a long time ago in the state legislature.
Dave Kovic: Me, too.
Ellen Mitchell: You weren't in the state legislature. Hi, I'm Ellen Mitchell. Who're you?
Dave Kovic: You're leaving?
Ellen Mitchell: I'm not the first lady anymore. I shouldn't be here.
Dave Kovic: Where're you going?
Ellen Mitchell: Home.
Dave Kovic: Where's home?
Ellen Mitchell: Can we stop with the 20 questions? I'm really not in the mood.
Dave Kovic: Souvenirs. Towels and stuff.
Ellen Mitchell: You're leaving, too?
Dave Kovic: I never wanted to hurt anybody. I even thought I was helping.
Ellen Mitchell: You know you make this little deal with yourself that you can put up with all the other women and you can even do without a life and you can even do without children because you believe in what you're doing and think...
Dave Kovic: You thought you had a chance to help people. How are you gonna get home?
Ellen Mitchell: I don't know. I hadn't really thought it out that far.
Ellen Mitchell: So, what do you do the rest of the time?
Dave Kovic: When I'm not running the country? I run a temp agency. You know, secretaries and stuff.
Ellen Mitchell: You find people jobs? Is that funny? It's just more than most people do here.
Dave Kovic: Don't get carried away. I'm not that good at it.
Ellen Mitchell: And your family? I assume you're married.
Dave Kovic: I was. Once. It didn't take.
Ellen Mitchell: You know, Dave... It is Dave, isn't it? I can't keep this a secret.
Dave Kovic: Yeah, I know. I liked doing it though. I mean, not the fancy stuff with all the helicopters and the TV cameras, but I liked saving that shelter. I liked helping people that I hadn't even met before. Just then, I felt I wasn't pretending anymore.
Ellen Mitchell: I don't think you were pretending. What would you do if you were still in? I mean, if you had one more chance to be president... What would you do then?
Dave Kovic: Lots of things.
Dave Kovic: Have you seen the look in someone's face the day they finally get a job? I've had some experience with this. They look like they could fly. And it's not about the paycheck. It's about looking in the mirror and knowing you've done something valuable with your day. And if one person could start to feel that way, then others Soon all these other problems we're facing may not seem so impossible. You don't know what you can do until you stand up and decide to try.
Ellen Mitchell: I understand you find people jobs?
Dave Kovic: You look great! I saw you on TV at the funeral and...
Ellen Mitchell: That's finally over.
Dave Kovic: Why don't we go into my office? Excuse us.
Bill Mitchell is the philandering and distant President of the United States. Dave Kovic is a sweet-natured and caring Temp Agency operator, who by a staggering coincidence looks exactly like the President. As such, when Mitchell wants to escape an official luncheon, the Secret Service hires Dave to stand in for him. Unfortunately, Mitchell suffers a severe stroke whilst having sex with one of his aides, and Dave finds himself stuck in the role indefinitely. The corrupt and manipulative Chief of Staff, Bob Alexander, plans to use Dave to elevate himself to the White House but unfortunately, he doesn't count on Dave enjoying himself in office, using his luck to make the country a better place, and falling in love with the beautiful First Lady.
Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Mitchell
Kevin Kline as Dave Kovic
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