That led us to "Dave," a film where the president has a stroke and evil counselors replace him with a look-alike lightweight.
But since this is a fairytale, that lightweight, played by Kevin Kline, grows in gravitas, gaining allies through sheer kindness, while reminding his staff that the president works for the people, and should care far more about their needs than his/her own.
And yet, we weren't really able to escape into this charming film, written by David Ross and directed by Ivan Reitman, this Frank Capra vision of ethical people facing down villains, while inspiring others to regain their lost ethics. The shadow of our nation's current politics stretched over the fantasy movie. If only. . .