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The Twenty-Fifth AmendmentIts Complete History and Application$
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John D. Feerick

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780823252008

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823252008.001.0001

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Representation of the Twenty-Fifth Amendment in Popular Culture

Representation of the Twenty-Fifth Amendment in Popular Culture

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The Twenty-Fifth Amendment

John D. Feerick

Fordham University Press

This chapter discusses problems of presidential succession seen in popular culture. Media, most particularly through theater and television, provide a lens on what populates the collective imagination of the public. Media offer several/ a variety of depictions of when the Twenty-fifth Amendment is perceived to apply. Examples include: “What would happen if the president were killed in a nuclear attack (Jericho and By Dawn’s Early Light), a natural disaster (The Day After Tomorrow), or even an alien invasion (Mars Attacks!).” Other plotlines feature Vice Presidents or other officials staging a coup d’état to unseat/overthrow the President.

Keywords:   Popular culture, media, movies, television, gaps

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