Although ABC’s Designated Survivor last invoked President Ronald Reagan in defense of illegal detentions, in this week's episode, "The Mission," he is associated with victory and success.
In a meeting with the two surviving members of Congress, President Tom Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland) notifies them of the mission he has set the Navy SEALs out on to capture the terrorist responsible for the attack on the Capitol that almost completely wiped out the government.
Kirkman is told he will be compared to either Reagan or Carter, depending on the outcome of the SEALs mission.
Peter: Sir, it's the right thing to do. I completely approve of this action.
Kimble: He doesn't need our approval, Peter. He's obliged to tell us. But of course you have our full support.
President Kirkman: Thank you both.
Kimble: But I wouldn't be doing my job if I didn't also warn you the entire legitimacy of your presidency depends on this. If the mission is a success, you're Reagan. If it fails, you're Carter, and Congress will hold you accountable.
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I was shocked such a lefty show would hit Carter instead of taking some cheap shot at President George W. Bush for the Iraq War. But, everyone, including the left, knows how weak Carter was as a president. Why else would Iran be able to strong-arm the U.S. until Reagan took office?
If President Kirkman follow's Reagan's model, he will be the best president in the history of television.