Coffee Klatch: The Inauguration Edition

Jan 23, 2013 by

Coffee Klatch: The Inauguration Edition

Since it’s not exactly Tuesday anymore, I can’t really call this Tuesday’s Coffee Klatch, but I didn’t want to skip out on it all together, because I’ve assembled a VERY prestigious group of fictional politicians to have coffee with today. What can I say? All the pomp and circumstance of the Presidential Inauguration on Monday left me feeling very patriotic. So without further ado, please rise and welcome President Jed Bartlett (Martin Sheen)  from The West Wing, President Laura Roslin (Mary McDonnell) from Battlestar Galactica, the Mayor (sadly unnamed) of Portland (Kyle McLachlan) from Portlandia, President Bill Mitchell (as impersonated by Dave Kovic) (Kevin Kline) in Dave, and Mayor Roger Doofenschmirtz  (John O’Hurley) from Phineas and Ferb.

Kyle McLachlan as Mayor of Portland, PortlandiaAs coffee begins, a mild kerfuffle breaks out as the gang realizes they’re not sure who should sit down first or in what order. They resolve it by having the barista count to three and all sitting down at once. The Portland Mayor is feeling a little insecure since the coffeeshop is located in Seattle (“Have you considered raising your children under the gospel of Portland?”) and because he’s the only one who doesn’t have a name. But then he and Mayor Doofenschmirtz bond over their chiseled chins and strong jaw lines and the Portland Mayor feels better. Mayor Roger Doofenschmirtz, Phineas and Ferb

Mary McDonnell as Laura Roslin in Battlestar GalacticaNext, the conversation turns, as it always does, to alien attacks. President Roslin has the group enthralled with her stories of trying to protect the twelve colonies from the Cylons. When she asks if anyone has had a similar experience, only Roger Doofenschmirtz raises his hand. Unfortunately, however, he failed to sign a bill that would’ve protected the city from rampaging robots, and it was left to a group of children and a blue platypus to stop them. Through most of the conversation, President Bartlett asks intelligent, literate questions but often begins talking before the others have finished. When he is called on it, he answers that he can’t help it; that’s the way he was written originally.Martin Sheen as Josiah Bartlett in The West Wing

Kevin Kline as Dave Kovics in DaveDave has been oddly quiet through the coffee hour, although when he has spoken, his comments have been genuine and with a real pulse on what the average American thinks. Finally, he comes clean; he is merely impersonating the actual President Mitchell. The others, who’ve enjoyed his company, arrange to have him made president in some other fictional land so that they all can continue hanging out.