Escape from Baghdad by Steve Payne
says: in which we revisit the alternate acting career of blaxploitation
star Barry Obama. Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do
not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
In 2004: at the movie
premiere of "Escape from Baghdad", John McCain admitted to blaxploitation
Barry Obama that he himself "could never look as cool" as the fictional
President Cliff Robertson.
Unlike the jumpy Presidents played by Donald Pleasance
and Stacy Keach in the first two movies, the "King of Cool" maintains his
composure throughout the film.
when Air Force One crashes outside the Green Zone, and Snake Plissken
(played by Kurt Russell) is once again sent in to rescue the US President
from certain death.
And this time, Plissken faces a new and insidious challenge in the form of
the mysterious company Blackwater International. Their sinister CEO Eric
Prince (played by Robert Downey, Jr.) attempts to cover-up the failure of
his private security contractors to protect Robertson from falling into the
hands of Iraqi extremists.
In a dramatic final scene, the two meet; Robertson says "I thought you were
dead?" to which Plissken responds with his signature put-down "I thought you
were taller?". Click to Watch the Trailer of
Escape from New York (1981)
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Imagine what would be, if history had occurred a bit
differently. Who says it didn't, somewhere? These fictional news items
explore that possibility. Possibilities such as America becoming a Marxist
superpower, aliens influencing human history in the 18th century and Teddy
Roosevelt winning his 3rd term as president abound in this interesting