In video games, elected officials usually take on the role of the bad guy or the cowering schmuck in a tie who needs you to save the day. They're a blank canvas with power, so it's usually pretty easy to paint them into one of those two corners. Sometimes, though, video game presidents, mayors and the like are willing to roll up their sleeves and get in on the action themselves. Here are five of our favorite politicians from video game history.

In honor of President's Day, we decided to comb through video game history to find some elected officials who weren't afraid to get their own hands dirty. When you think of video game presidents, it's likely a super sinister evil-doer that jumps to mind, one of the countless cliche villains of action games aplenty. Or, for those of you who love big “surprise” twists, it's the elected official who was giving you order or encouraging you along the way until, *gasp* it turns out they were behind the evil plot the whole time.

A handful of presidents and the like, though, have gone above and beyond the call of duty, and that's who we're here to celebrate today. Let's get started...

Bill Clinton: NBA Jam
Those of you who grew up in the 90's may remember Bill Clinton as being one of the coolest presidents to ever take the oval office. Back in those days, he was calm, collected, seemed to make Democrats and Republicans alike want to give him a high five, and the dude played the saxophone. How cool is that? Perhaps Mr. Clinton's greatest though, though, was his mad hoops skills in the two-on-two basketball series NBA Jam. Originally a hidden character and boasting stats that let him slam dunk with the best of them, it's hard to argue against a president who could go toe to toe with Shaq and win.

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