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To avoid a potentially explosive scandal when the U.S. President goes into a coma, an affable temp agency owner with an uncanny resemblance is put in his place.

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  • Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations.
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Dave Kovic / Bill Mitchell
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Ellen Mitchell
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Bob Alexander
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Alan Reed
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Duane Stevenson
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Vice-President Nance
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Murray Blum
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Alice
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Randi
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White House Tour Guide
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Senate Majority Leader
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House Majority Leader
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Mrs. Travis
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Policeman
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Jerry
Alba Oms ...
Lola
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Secret Service #1
Kellen Sampson ...
David
Lexie Bigham ...
White House Guard
Frederic W. Barnes ...
Frederic Barnes
Ronald Brownstein ...
Ronald Brownstein
Eleanor Clift ...
Eleanor Clift
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Chris Dodd (as Senator Christopher Dodd)
Tom Harkin ...
Tom Harkin (as Senator Tom Harkin)
Bernard Kalb ...
Bernard Kalb
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Larry King
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Michael Kinsley
Morton Kondracke ...
Morton Kondracke
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Jay Leno
Frank Mankiewicz ...
Frank Mankiewicz
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Chris Matthews (as Christopher Matthews)
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John McLaughlin
Howard Metzenbaum ...
Howard Metzenbaum (as Senator Howard Metzenbaum)
Abner J. Mikva ...
Abner J. Mikva (as Justice Abner J. Mikva)
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Robert D. Novak
Thomas P. 'Tip' O'Neill ...
Thomas P. 'Tip' O'Neill
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Richard Reeves
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Arnold Schwarzenegger
Paul Simon ...
Paul Simon (as Senator Paul Simon)
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Alan Simpson (as Senator Alan Simpson)
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Ben Stein
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Oliver Stone
Kathleen Sullivan ...
Kathleen Sullivan
Jeff Tackett ...
Jeff Tackett
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Helen Thomas
Nina Totenberg ...
Nina Totenberg
Sander Vanocur ...
Sander Vanocur
John Yang ...
John Yang
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Don Durenberger
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Girl at Durenberger's
Dawn Arnemann ...
Mom at Durenberger's
Marianna Harris ...
Clara
Sarah Marshall ...
Diane
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White House Barber
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President's Physician
Laurie Franks ...
White House Nurse
Tom Kurlander ...
Trauma Doctor
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Trauma Nurse
Joe Kuroda ...
Japanese Prime Minister
Geneviève Robert ...
Vice-President's Wife
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Vice-President's Son
Ruth Goldway ...
Secretary of Education
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Director of OMB
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Secretary of Treasury
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Secretary of Commerce
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Postmaster General
Heather Hewitt ...
Judy
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Policeman #2
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Ellen's Aide
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Female Senator
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Speaker of the House (as Robert V. Walsh)
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Congressional Doorkeeper
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Reporter
Wendy Gordon ...
Announcer
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Announcer
Steve Kmetko ...
Announcer
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Additional Voices (uncredited) (voice)
Tom Bysiek ...
Secret Service (uncredited)
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White House Press Corp (uncredited)
F. Pierre Gatling ...
Social Worker Greeter #1 (uncredited)
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Senator (uncredited)
Ryal Haakenson ...
Man at Banquet / Hotel Guest (uncredited)
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Photographer (uncredited)
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Man (uncredited)
Mary Kircher ...
Congressional Member (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
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Secret Service Agent (uncredited)
Melissa S. Markess ...
Politician (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
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Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Paul Speaks ...
Secret Service (uncredited)
Debbie Tsamoudakis ...
Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Sam Wells ...
Political Adviser (uncredited)

Directed by

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Ivan Reitman

Written by

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Gary Ross ... (written by)

Produced by

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Sherry Fadely ... associate producer
Michael C. Gross ... executive producer
Joe Medjuck ... executive producer
Ivan Reitman ... producer
Lauren Shuler Donner ... producer (as Lauren Shuler-Donner)
Gordon A. Webb ... associate producer (as Gordon Webb)

Music by

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James Newton Howard ... (music by)

Cinematography by

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Adam Greenberg ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Sheldon Kahn ... film editor

Editorial Department

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Clay Cambern ... assistant film editor
Janice Campion ... assistant film editor
Dale E. Grahn ... color timer (as Dale Grahn)
Daniel R. Padgett ... assistant film editor
Reine-Claire ... associate film editor
Saul Saladow ... assistant film editor

Casting By

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Michael Chinich ... (casting by)
Bonnie Timmermann ... (casting by)

Production Design by

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J. Michael Riva

Art Direction by

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David F. Klassen ... (as David Klasson)

Set Decoration by

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Michael Taylor

Costume Design by

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Richard Hornung

Makeup Department

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Ron Berkeley ... make-up artist
Linda DeVetta ... make-up artist (as Linda De Veta Richmond)
Robert Norin ... make-up artist
Stephen Robinette ... hair stylist
Christopher Shihar ... hair stylist (as Christofer Shihar)
Marlene D. Williams ... hair stylist (as Marlene Williams)
Rose Procopio Barondess ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Gordon A. Webb ... unit production manager (as Gordon Webb)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Kate Davey ... second assistant director
Peter Giuliano ... first assistant director
Michael C. Gross ... second unit director
John M. Morse ... d.g.a. trainee (as John Morse)
Rebecca Strickland ... second second assistant director
Robert Webb ... first assistant director: second unit

Art Department

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Steve Arnold ... set designer
Frank L. Brown ... assistant property master (as Frank Brown)
John Dexter ... set designer
Bill 'Kauhane' Hoyt ... standby painter (as Bill Hoyt)
C.J. Maguire ... property master
Lee Orlikoff ... leadman
Joseph G. Pacelli Jr. ... set designer (as Joseph Pacelli Jr.)
Doug Rosenberger ... construction foreman
Terry Scott ... construction coordinator
Darrell L. Wight ... set designer (as Darrell Wight)
Charles William Breen ... assistant art director (uncredited)
Michael Denering ... scenic artist (uncredited)
Sara Gardner-Gail ... set decoration buyer (uncredited)
William H. Phen Jr. ... propmaker gangboss (uncredited)
Darin Raney ... assistant art department coordinator (uncredited)
Frank White ... propmaker (uncredited)
Lynn Wilder ... set scenic artist (uncredited)

Sound Department

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George H. Anderson ... dialogue editor (as George Anderson)
John H. Arrufat ... dialogue editor (as John Arrufat)
Anna Behlmer ... re-recording mixer
Stu Bernstein ... effects editor
Gary C. Bourgeois ... re-recording mixer (as Gary Bourgeois)
Gene S. Cantamessa ... production sound mixer (as Gene Cantamessa)
Steve Cantamessa ... boom operator
Carmen Flores De Tanis ... assistant adr editor (as Carmen Flores)
Joe Dorn ... adr editor
Michael Dressel ... foley editor
Alison Fisher ... dialogue editor
Richard Friedman ... adr editor (as Dick Friedman)
Jessica Gallavan ... supervising adr editor
David Giammarco ... effects editor
Avram D. Gold ... adr editor (as Avram Gold)
Meredith Gold ... assistant sound editor
Robert Grieve ... supervising sound editor
Allen Hartz ... dialogue editor
Jonathan Klein ... foley editor
Steve Mann ... effects editor
John Murray ... foley supervisor
Jennifer Portman ... assistant sound editor
Jeanine Schaack ... first assistant sound editor
Roy Seeger ... assistant sound editor
Linda Whittlesey ... dialogue editor
Steve Bartkowicz ... sound re-recording engineer (uncredited)
Henry Boger ... additional boom operator (uncredited)
Scott Brose ... sound editor (uncredited)
Robert Glass ... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Mary Jo Lang ... foley mixer (uncredited)
Elmo Ponsdomenech ... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
John Roesch ... foley artist (uncredited)
Alicia Stevenson ... foley artist (uncredited)
Carolyn Tapp ... foley recordist (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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David Blitstein ... special effects foreman (as David M. Blitstein)
Randy Cabral ... special effects (uncredited)
Hans Metz ... special effects technician (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Harrison Ellenshaw ... visual effects supervisor: Buena Vista Visual Effects
Kevin Koneval ... optical supervisor: Buena Vista Visual Effects
Paul Lasaine ... matte painting supervisor: Buena Vista Visual Effects
Winston Quitasol ... visual effects line-up: Buena Vista Visual Effects
Wally Schaab ... matte cameraman: Buena Vista Visual Effects
Lynda Thompson ... visual effects producer: Buena Vista Visual Effects (as Lynda Lemon)
William L. Arance ... visual effects (uncredited)
Les Bernstien ... visual effects (uncredited)
Blaine Converse ... visual effects (uncredited)
Mark Gutterud ... first assistant camera: VistaVision (uncredited)
Mark Hardin ... matte department: Camera Operator (uncredited)
Peter Koczera ... digital compositor (uncredited)
Don Lee ... digital compositor (uncredited)

Stunts

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John Calvin Doyle ... stunt limo driver (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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William D. Barber ... second camera operator (as William Barber)
Hans Bjerno ... camera operator: second unit, Wescam
Ralph Brandofino ... first assistant camera: second unit
Michael A. Chavez ... first camera assistant (as Mike Chavez)
Alan Cohen ... second camera assistant
Edward J. Cox ... rigging electrician
François Duhamel ... still photographer (as Francois Duhamel)
John J. Ellingwood ... second camera assistant (as John Ellingwood)
Brad Emmons ... rigging gaffer (as Bradley Thomas Emmons)
Cary Fisher ... camera operator: second unit
James W. Gavin ... aerial photographer: second unit (as James Gavin)
Robert Gray ... key grip
Dennis J. Laine ... first camera assistant
Kevin J. Lang ... assistant chief lighting technician
Steven C. McGee ... chief lighting technician (as Steven McGee)
Paul Murphey ... video playback
Peter Norman ... director of photography: second unit
Bill Roe ... camera operator
Alan Shultz ... dolly grip (as Alan K. Shultz)
Jeff Triandos ... best boy grip
James Wirosko ... assistant chief lighting technician
Elizabeth Ziegler ... steadicam operator (as Liz Ziegler)
Clyde E. Bryan ... first assistant camera: B camera (uncredited)
Glenn Corbett ... rigging gaffer (uncredited)
Ken Fisher ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Steve Hastings ... best boy rigger (uncredited)
Richard H. Kryder ... lighting technician (uncredited)
Mark Mele ... rigging electrician (uncredited)
David Norris ... camera technician: Wescam camera (uncredited)
Ed Slater ... electrician (uncredited)
Rick Strodel ... grip (uncredited)
Robert Zullo ... rigging grip (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Alan Berger ... casting associate
Lia Abbate ... casting assistant (uncredited)
Jimmy Jue ... extras casting (uncredited)
Mariann H.W. Lee ... extras casting (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Mark Bridges ... assistant designer
Gary Jones ... assistant designer
Michelle Kurpaska ... key costumer
Ann Roth ... wardrobe: Ms. Weaver
James W. Tyson ... costume supervisor (as Jim Tyson)
William Dean ... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Adrienne Manhan ... costumer (uncredited)
David Page ... costumer: Mr. Kline (uncredited)

Location Management

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Michael J. Burmeister ... location manager (as Michael Burmeister)
Brian O. Haynes ... location manager (as Brian Haynes)
Peggy Pridemore ... location manager: second unit
Patrick Burn ... location scout (uncredited)
John Crowder ... assistant location manager: second unit (uncredited)

Music Department

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Brad Dechter ... orchestrator
Shawn Murphy ... music scoring mixer
David Olson ... assistant music editor
Marty Paich ... orchestra conductor
Jim Weidman ... music editor
Chris Boardman ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Tom Boyd ... oboe soloist (uncredited)
Sandy DeCrescent ... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
Dan Goldwasser ... soundtrack producer (uncredited)
James Newton Howard ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Michael Mason ... score co-producer (uncredited)
Steven L. Smith ... music preparation (uncredited)
James Thatcher ... musician: French horn (uncredited) / musician: french horn (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Dick Johnson ... transportation captain
Craig Pinkard ... transportation coordinator
Robert Foster Jr. ... driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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Paula Benson-Himes ... production secretary
Matthew J. Birch ... assistant: Ms. Shuler-Donner
Paul A. Calabria ... animal trainer (as Paul Calabria)
James Dew ... animal trainer (as James R. Dew)
Roselle Gordon ... staff assistant
Karen Hale Wookey ... script supervisor
Brad Hill ... staff assistant
Luis Lara ... caterer
Kathy Liska ... assistant: Ms. Shuler-Donner
Karin McElhatton ... animal trainer
Jonathan McGarry ... staff assistant
Marcus Miller ... assistant: Mr. Gross
Kathryn Mindala ... assistant accountant
Janice Naehu ... assistant: Mr. Medjuck
Tiffany Owens ... staff assistant
Yvonne Owens ... assistant: Mr. Reitman
Anne S. Reilly ... unit publicist (as Anne Reilly)
Jody Spilkoman ... staff assistant
Sib Ventress ... assistant production secretary
Phil Wise ... technical advisor: White House
Ray Zimmerman ... production accountant
Bob Bergen ... voice: special vocal effects (uncredited)
Jordan Chinich ... production assistant (uncredited)
Bill Daly ... post-production accountant manager (uncredited)
Alex Daniels ... voice actor (uncredited)
Yvonne Goessling ... assistant: Ivan Reitman (uncredited)
Kurt Greufe ... production assistant (uncredited)
Jack E. Herman ... extras set coordinator (uncredited)
John J. Kelly ... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Adam Leichtman ... production assistant (uncredited)
Burton Sharp ... adr group coordinator (uncredited)
Sandra L. Yeary ... assistant accountant (uncredited)

Thanks

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H.P. Goldfield ... we gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of
Steven B. Hantler ... we gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of
Elliot M. Kaplan ... we gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of
Allison Kennedy ... we gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Bill Mitchell is the philandering and distant President of the United States. Dave Kovic is a sweet-natured and caring Temp Agency operator, who by a staggering coincidence looks exactly like the President. As such, when Mitchell wants to escape an official luncheon, the Secret Service hires Dave to stand in for him. Unfortunately, Mitchell suffers a severe stroke whilst having sex with one of his aides, and Dave finds himself stuck in the role indefinitely. The corrupt and manipulative Chief of Staff, Bob Alexander, plans to use Dave to elevate himself to the White House - but unfortunately, he doesn't count on Dave enjoying himself in office, using his luck to make the country a better place, and falling in love with the beautiful First Lady... Written by Scott Nisbet

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Taglines In a country where anybody can become President, anybody just did See more »
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Also Known As
  • Président d'un jour (France)
  • Dave, presidente por un día (Spain)
  • Presidente por un día (Argentina)
  • Дейв (Russia)
  • Deivas (Lithuania)
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Runtime
  • 110 min
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Box Office

Budget $28,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $7,306,755, 09 May 1993

Did You Know?

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Trivia President Bill Clinton was a big fan of the movie. See more »
Goofs When President Mitchell leaves the helicopter, the rotors are standing still, but in a subsequent shot they are still rotating. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Dave/My Neighbor Totoro/Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story/Much Ado About Nothing/The Pickle (1993). See more »
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Quotes Dave: If you've ever seen the look on somebody's face the day they finally get a job, I've had some experience with this, they look like they could fly. And its not about the paycheck, it's about respect, it's about looking in the mirror and knowing that you've done something valuable with your day. And if one person could start to feel this way, and then another person, and then another person, soon all these other problems may not seem so impossible. You don't really know how much you can do until you, stand up and decide to try.
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