MICHAEL DOUGLAS stars as President Andrew Shepherd who, quite unexpectedly, falls in love with ANNETTE BENING starring as Sydney Wade, an environmental lobbyist, In "The American President." The film offers a rare glimpse at an uncommon romance involving a most powerful man who must overcome obstacles not faced by average citizens. Complicating his desire for personal privacy and his efforts to maintain a relationship are issues President Shepherd must confront: approval ratings, an inquiring press, and an aggressive political opponent (portrayed by RICHARD DREYFUSS).
Fortunately, he does have some help. His advisors, Chief of Staff (MARTIN SHEEN), Domestic Policy Advisor (MICHAEL J. FOX), White House Pollster (DAVID PAYMER), White House Press Secretary (ANNA DEAVERE SMITH) and Personal Aide (SAMANTHA MATHIS) coordinate his busy schedule, deal with the demands of Congress, and quell any global predicaments, all during an election year.
But political crises are different than personal ones. The question arises: Will the media, the public and his advisors allow Andrew Shepherd to be the President of the country and a single adult man at the same time? Only this American President can find a way to fulfill the responsibilities of the office as well as the needs of the woman he loves.