My tastes in film run to the fantastical. And when those types of movies turn epic, with aliens invading or asteroids on a collision course or a zombie plague spreading, the plot visits the White House. Well, these movies are often made in the USA and, arguably, a lead responder to a global threat would be the White House.
Even in less fantastic movies, where the international danger is rooted in reality, if no actual protagonists are in the government, there will still be scenes informing the audience with how the White House is reacting.
In the last few months, I’ve rewatched some old favourites. When the President is briefed on the Bad Thing, when a table of uniforms and top people assemble for strategy, when the nuclear option is considered, these films and shows are giving me a new level of horror and chills. I’m swapping out the characters and replacing them with President Drumpf and his Capering Gang of Incompetents.
If you want an anus-clenching experience, watch anything with the Oval Office and substitute Drumpf making the hard decision while advisors debate which is the best choice. It’ll breath a whole new dynamic of terrible excitement into your movie choices.