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TV's presidential portrayals go from salute to 'Hail to the Creep'
TV's presidential portrayals go from salute to 'Hail to the Creep'

It all used to be so simple — and patriotic. If the president of the United States were to appear as a character on a television series, and it was a rarity, he was generally upright, forthright and just, well, right. "Even when he was a hack, the president was seen as above the fray," says Ian Randal Strock, author of "The Presidential Book of Lists." But these days, if a TV president calls you into the Oval Office, it might be wise to use the buddy system. So how on earth did we go from saints and ciphers to the Machiavellian plotters and killers we see on "House of Cards," "Revolution" and "24"? Watergate to "Saturday...

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