The American President - 1

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Michael Douglas plays the role of
the President of the United States, delivering a great performance.
The story is based on the fact that
President Shepherd will soon
be facing reelection, an election
which may be compromised
by the fact that he is developing
an affair with Sydney, a lobbyist.

The American President

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President Shepherd and Janie (his personal assistant)

beginner
intermediate

PRESIDENT:

Ten-fifteen is American Fisheries?

JANIE:

Yes sir, they're giving you a 200 pound halibut.

PRESIDENT:

Janie, make a note. We need to schedule more events where somebody gives me a really big fish.

JANIE:

Yes sir!

PRESIDENT:

Janie, I'm kidding.

JANIE:

Of course.

GLOSSARY:
200 pound:
of about 91 kilograms (de aproximadamente 91 kilogramos); halibut: very large flatfish of Atlantic or Pacific (hipogloso, variedad de lenguado); to schedule: to agenda, to organize (agendar, organizar); a big fish: an important influential person (un pez gordo); kidding: telling false information just for fun (bromeando, haciendo un chiste).

 

Lucy, the President's 12 year-old daughter,
and Sydney 

intermediate

LUCY:

Um, my Dad told me to tell you that he's on the phone with his dentist and that I should behave myself and entertain you until he gets back.

SYDNEY:

Oh, your father's on the phone with his dentist?

LUCY:

No, he told me to tell you that he's on the phone with his dentist. He wants you to think that he's a regular guy.

SYDNEY:

So who's he on the phone with?

LUCY:

The Prime Minister of Israel.

SYDNEY:

Oh! They're probably not discussing his teeth.

LUCY:

I hope not!

GLOSSARY:
on the phone:
having a phone conversation (hablando por teléfono); behave: show a certain behavior or conduct (comportarse, portarse bien); gets back: returns (regrese); regular guy: a normal man (una persona común, normal); Prime Minister: the person who is head of state (Primer Ministro); discussing his teeth: talking about his teeth (hablando de su dentadura).

 

President Shepherd and Janie (his personal assistant)

beginner
intermediate

PRESIDENT:

Janie, can you get me the number of a local florist?

JANIE:

I'll take care of them, sir. Where do you want them sent?

PRESIDENT:

No, I want to do it myself. I just need the number.

JANIE:

I don't understand.

PRESIDENT:

I want the phone number of a florist.

JANIE:

You just want the phone number?

PRESIDENT:

Yeah.

JANIE:

I don't understand, sir. Is there a problem with ...

PRESIDENT:

Janie, I want to send some flowers. I want to do it myself. I don't want a staff, I don't want to issue an executive order ... I just want the phone number.

JANIE:

I'll get it for you right away, sir.

GLOSSARY:
can you get me:
can you give me (puede informarme, pasarme); florist: someone who has a flower store (florista); take care of: be in charge of (ocuparse de, hacerse cargo); where do you want them sent?: where do you want the flowers to be delivered? (¿adónde desea que sean enviadas?); a staff: an assistant (un ayudante, asistente); issue: make (emitir, hacer); an executive order: an official document (un pedido oficial); right away: immediately, at once (de inmediato, ya mismo).

 

A Conversation about Sydney 

intermediate
advanced

MCCALL:

How do you want me to handle the Sydney issue?

PRESIDENT:

The Sydney issue?

LOUIS:

Well, we should have a consensus on how the White House is going to handle it.

PRESIDENT:

Well, I certainly hope that the Sydney issue refers to some way to some problem we're having with Australia, because if it's anything other than that ...

JANIE:

Uh-hem, Mr. President? Ms. Wade is here to see you.

PRESIDENT:

Have her come in. I am finished here!

GLOSSARY:
handle:
interact (actuar, desempeñarse); issue: important question (tema o asunto importante); consensus: agreement (acuerdo); have her come in: tell her to come in (dígale que entre, pidale que pase); I am finished here: I have already finished with all this (ya he terminado con esto).

Film info

 

Summary

Widowed President Andrew Shepherd falls in love with an environmental lobbyist. This forces him to balance the requirements of his affection for the woman with the responsibilities of his political office during an election year.

Starring

Michael Douglas, Annette Bening, Martin Sheen, Michael J. Fox.

Director

Rob Reiner - Produced in 1995

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