US President Richmond will be making his next State of the Union address later today. In his Cabinet is Tom Kirkman, Minister of Housing and Urban Development, which is on the lowest rung of Cabinet positions. Non-elected Tom, who was appointed from an academic career, and the President often do not see eye to eye, the latter who is losing political respect for the former. As such, the President has not included any initiatives raised by Tom in the address, and has informed Tom through his Chief of Staff Charlie Langdon that he will soon be demoted to a position based in Montreal (which is framed as a promotion) or fired if he does not accept the demotion. Further, Tom has been assigned the designated survivor for the address, meaning that he will be housed in a secret secured bunker while the rest of the Cabinet enjoys the public visibility by joining the President at the Capitol for the address. Things for all involved change drastically when the Capitol is bombed during the address...
Did You Know?
When the Federal Judge is swearing in the new President she correctly reads the oath of office, which does not include the phrase 'so help me God', Kirkman then chooses to add the phrase himself. By contrast the real Chief Justice has incorrectly added the words during the last two US Presidential inaugurations. See more
Kirkman doesn't find out that he's been selected to sit out the speech until he's preparing to leave for the Capitol. His cellphone rings. "What's a designated survivor?" he asks. In reality, the selected official would know days before and would be secretly whisked out of Washington on the day of the address. See more
There are times when we make history, and there are times when history makes us. This is a crucial moment for our nation, and America's colors burn brightest when we meet challenges head on.
References This Is Spinal Tap
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