Real lessons from fake presidents
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Mary McDonnell, 'Battlestar Galactica'( Justin Stephens / Sci-Fi Channel )
President Laura Roslin (Mary McDonnell) on 'Battlestar Galactica'
Leadership style: Understated and cooly pragmatic
Pivotal moment: Attempted to throw an election in her favor. When confronted with evidence of her misdeeds, Roslin chose to step aside rather than threaten the future stability of the government. Also fought for human rights in the face of a threatened military dictatorship.
Inspirational quote: "It's not smart. It's politics."
Lesson learned: Not even near-extinction of humanity by a hostile robot fleet is a good enough reason for the executive branch to ignore checks and balances.