I can dream, can't I?
The movie opens with demonstrations against Bush as he visits Chicago in 2007. As he leaves a hotel after delivering a speech, he is shot by a sniper in a nearby building. A police hunt leads to the arrest of a Palestinian man on flimsy evidence. Later the man is convicted of the assassination and kept in prison even as evidence points to another person as having committed the crime. "The reaction of the general public was very good," Range said in an interview with Reuters about the opening night response.
Between a fictional Josiah Bartlett and an equally fictional President Dick Cheney, putative future assassin of George Bush in "Death of a President" can be glimpsed a deep yearning for an alternative reality. And those who yearn for it will be well for as long as they can distinguish between fiction and reality. But the real danger of persistent fantasy is to the fantasist himself; in the moment when he can no longer distinguish between desire and deed; between pretense and actuality; when an ever larger dose of daydreaming is required simply to get through the day. Some people think that reality is all about the message. The message of September 11 is that it did not exist. The message of the present is that it should not exist. Take two aspirins and see your doctor in the morning.