The President of the United States has to make tough decisions on a daily basis and, when you think about it, the fates of millions of lives rest in the choices he makes. So obviously when the president chooses what movies to watch in his limited downtime, they’re gonna be good, right?
In honor of President Barack Obama taking part in a youth town hall party on MTV this Thurs. Oct. 14, we’ve decided to take a look at some of his favorite movies – as revealed to Katie Couric -- to see if we can glean some insight into the Commander-in-Chief’s personal taste.
(Let's just say he doesn't stray too far from AFI's top films ever.)
'The Godfather' (1972) & 'The Godfather: Part II' (1974)
"That saga -- I love [those movies]," Obama said of Francis Ford Coppola's classics. "I mean there's this combination of old world gentility and ritual, with this savagery underneath. It's all about family. So it's a great movie." And considering the film is a seminal cinematic work of art, we just happen to agree.
The films chronicle the rise of Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) as he succeeds his father to become the head of one of the most influential Italian crime families in America. Now, while Obama wasn’t born into crime, he’s certainly one of the most powerful men in the country -- you really don’t want to mess with the guy holding the nuclear codes, after all.
As for "Part III"? "'III, not so much," Obama said.
'Lawrence of Arabia' (1962)
"Great film," Obama says. "One of my favorites."
And who can blame him? The film's main character T.J. Lawrence (Peter O'Toole) struggles throughout trying to reconcile who he is and where he comes from with the inherent nature of war. Add to this the fact that he’s torn between two worlds, his native British army and the Arabian tribes he’s befriended and you’ve got all the making of a great flick.
Sounds like James Cameron was taking notes for "Avatar," huh?
"And then ‘Casablanca,'" Obama couldn’t forget to mention. "Who doesn't like 'Casablanca?'" No one, that's who.
Exiled freedom-fighter-turned-nightclub-owner Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) finds his ex-flame and one true love Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) begging for help escaping the country… with her brand new husband.
Actually she was already married to the guy when she and Rick got together but circumstances lead her to believe him dead at the time. Ilsa then disappeared without explanation upon finding out her husband was alive, leaving Rick to ponder the subtleties of the female mind and wallow alone in sorrow. (And you thought your relationships were messed up.)
Ultimately, Rick proves he has a heart of gold and saves her and her hubby in the end, giving us what’s probably the greatest cinematic goodbye EVER.
With a story this good, we can only assume the President cries at the end, every time.