Folks, if there's anything we've learned from the latest debates on the debt ceiling crisis, it's that being the President ain't an easy gig. Obama's had his ups and downs over the years as Commander in Chief, but now that he's turned the big 5-0 and has the grey hairs to prove it, we thought we'd suggest some movies for him to help take the edge off and let him know that everything's gonna be A-okay.
So go ahead and see what we came up with to ring in the big day for The Big Cheese.
'Lean on Me'
Say what you will about former New Jersey school principal Joe Clark and the pros and cons of running PTA meetings with a Louisville Slugger in hand, but since Capital Hill is looking awfully similar to Eastside High these days, we think Obama can relate. What we wouldn't give to see him walk into the senate chamber with a megaphone, break John Boehner's gavel/croquet mallet over his knee (at which point Boehner would inevitably start crying), and then kick everyone out who's been giving him crap for almost three years now.
'Observe and Report'
Keeping with the theme of taking care of business by just going nuts, there's something to be said for the way mall cop Ronnie Barnhardt wins at life by running train on everything that gets in his way. Not to say that Obama should start doing lines and go beat up some skater punks, but it is good for some dark laughs and it's oddly inspirational to boot.
'Lawrence of Arabia'
It's one of Obama's favorite movies of all-time, movies just don't get more inspiring than this, and it's also a great excuse to kick back in the White House movie theater for 216 minutes with a "DO NOT DISTURB" sign on the door.
Rick's final line to Louie just might be the bipartisan hope that Obama needs to hear. Who knows, maybe that'll be him and Boehner one day. Also happens to be another of Obama's faves.
Nothing puts things into perspective like the realization that no one's made a full-length documentary (yet) about how much you sucked at your job for four years.
'All the President's Men'
While he may be routinely outmaneuvered by a small group of anti-government zealots, things could be worse: he could be forced to resign for pulling dirty tricks on your enemies, and Robert Redford could be really disappointed in him.
'The Lion King'
He used the birth scene to hilarious effect earlier this year at the White House Correspondents Dinner, but there's a central lesson elsewhere that he may want to absorb. The economy is toast no matter what he tries to do between now and next November so, like, hakuna matata, man.
'Justin Bieber: Never Say Never'
On the other hand, miracles do happen. Hey, if that squirt Bieber can become a heartthrob, surely he can pull a second term out of the hat.
So what movies do you think Obama should watch on his 50th birthday?
Photo courtesy of The White House.