The fiction: 'The American President' (1995)

Shouldn't presidents get some love? In this romantic comedy, widower President <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB001449" title="Michael Douglas" href="/topic/entertainment/michael-douglas-PECLB001449.topic">Michael Douglas</a> falls for a sparky  environmental lobbyist, played by <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB000447" title="Annette Bening" href="/topic/entertainment/annette-bening-PECLB000447.topic">Annette Bening</a>, and what do you know? She helps him get back his liberal backbone.<br>
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<b>The reality:</b> "Bachelor President" could be a bad ABC reality series, but the country's 15th president, James Buchanan, never married. His fiance killed herself after he ignored her and he spent the 15 years prior to his presidency lived with Alabama Sen. William Rufus King, leading many to speculate that Buchanan was gay. Their families destroyed all correspondence between the two men.
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Shouldn't presidents get some love? In this romantic comedy, widower President Michael Douglas falls for a sparky environmental lobbyist, played by Annette Bening, and what do you know? She helps him get back his liberal backbone.

The reality: "Bachelor President" could be a bad ABC reality series, but the country's 15th president, James Buchanan, never married. His fiance killed herself after he ignored her and he spent the 15 years prior to his presidency lived with Alabama Sen. William Rufus King, leading many to speculate that Buchanan was gay. Their families destroyed all correspondence between the two men.

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