A Republican president takes office at the height of his Hollywood-powered, camera-ready fame. He governs with lenses constantly flashing, and claims that he’s just the public face in front of real policy-makers and dangerous global threats.
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The amount of damage that this Neoliberal Simulacral President inflicted to the world was unmatched until Trump took over the White House. This documentary, entirely made with archival footage, is a decent meta-analysis of a terrifying decade: the 80s. Hollywood and TV got Reagan the presidency. Twitter and Facebook had Trump elected. To paraphrase Brooke Gladstone, we get the Presidents we deserve.