What are the favorite movies
of President Obama, Sarah Palin?

         Posted: May 16, 2009

What is President Barack Obama’s favorite movie? Katie Couric asked Barack Obama on Sept. 23, 2008, what his favorite movie is.

Barack Obama: “Oh, I think it would have to be ‘The Godfather.’ One and two. Three not so much. So- so- but that — that saga I love that movie.”

Katie Couric: “Do you have a favorite scene?”

Barack Obama: “Love — love those movies. I — you know — so many of them. I think my favorite has to be — you know, the opening scene of the first ‘Godfather’ where, you know, the opening scene of the first ‘Godfather,’ where the caretaker comes in and, you know, Marlon Brando is sitting there and he’s saying “you disrespected me. You know and now you want a favor.” You know it sets the tone for the whole movie. Now there—”

Katie Couric: “And all hell breaks loose, right?”

Barack Obama: “Yeah, right. I mean there’s this combination of old world gentility and you know, ritual with this savagery underneath. It’s all about family. So it’s a great movie. “Lawrence of Arabia.” Great film. One of my favorites — and then “Casablanca.” who doesn't like “Casablanca?”

Katie Couric: “I asked for one.”

Barack Obama: “I’m a movie guy. I can rattle off a bunch of movies. But that “Casablanca,” you know.”

Previously, Barack Obama discussed favorite movies with Jann Carl of “Entertainment Tonight” on Feb. 23, 2008, in an interview that aired Feb. 26-27.

Obama said his favorite films are “ ‘The Godfather’ 1 and 2 and ‘Lawrence of Arabia.’ I love Jimmy Stewart, Spencer Tracy, Humphrey Bogart, Meryl Streep, Susan Sarandon, and Angela Bassett.”

Obama said Will Smith could play him in a film about his life. “Will and I have talked about this because he has the ears.”

What is Sarah Palin’s favorite movie? Sarah Palin and Joe Biden discussed favorite movies with Katie Couric in interviews aired Oct. 2, 2008.

“I love those old sports movies,” Palin said, “like ‘Hoosiers,’ and ‘Rudy,’ um, those that show that the underdog can make it and it’s all about tenacity and work ethic and determination, and just doing the right thing. So it would probably be one of those two old sports movies.”

Couric asked for a favorite scene.

“At the very end, the victories! Yeah!” Palin said. “ ‘Rudy,’ where he gets to run out on the field and he gets to participate and make a difference. And then in ‘Hoosiers,’ when they win.”

“ ‘Chariots of Fire’ is, I think, probably my favorite movie,” Biden said. “But the truth of the matter is the thing about it, there is a place where someone put personal fame and glory behind principles. That to me, is the mark of real heroism, when someone would do that. ... I think the favorite scene is when he is making the decision and talking to his ... about do I do this? What do I do? He so desperately wanted to run, but concluded he couldn’t. It was that, you know, that moment of decision, I think that was my favorite scene. I also like the scene on the beach where, you know, he’s just running.”

What is George W. Bush’s favorite movie? According to a BBC story of 2003, George W. Bush’s favorite movie is “Saving Private Ryan.”

E-mail: mail@widescreenings.com

Back to widescreenings.com