For a CIA director with star power, the nominees are ...
David H. Petraeus may have been a genius as a general, but as a CIA director with an eye for the ladies (or, at least, an eye for his lady biographer) -- well, suffice to say he was no Allen Dulles. So who will take Petraeus' place? Potential candidates reportedly include such inside-the-Beltway types as Jane Harman and Dick Lugar. But why so pedestrian, President Obama? Why not go outside the box -- all the way to Hollywood? You've treated it as a campaign ATM; how about a little payback? Here are eight stars with the chops to be the nation's next spymaster. --Paul Whitefield
Image 7 of 8
Glenn Close( David Russell / DIRECTV )
Cut from the Hillary Rodham Clinton mold, Glenn Close would be a nod to the baby boomers, who remember her fondly from "The Big Chill." She's not unfamiliar with the Oval Office, however, having been a take-charge vice president to Harrison Ford in "Air Force One" and a Nancy Reagan-like first lady to Jack Nicholson in "Mars Attacks!" And tough? Have you caught her act as lawyer Patty Hewes in "Damages"? Yes, Close has a flaw: Coming on the heels of David Petraeus' affair, her star turn as the spurned lover in "Fatal Attraction" might be too much for some senators to overlook. On the other hand, given her history, would anyone want to risk rejecting her again?
Above: Glenn Close as Patty Hewes in "Damages."