Rick & Morty: Rick’s History With The President Explained
While The President of the United States has been featured in quite of few episodes of Rick and Morty, he and Rick apparently share a long history.
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Warning! Spoilers ahead for Rick and Morty Season 5, “Rick & Morty’s Thankspolitation Spectacular”
Rick and Morty’s President of the United States has served as both an ally and enemy of Rick Sanchez as the series has progressed with multiple appearances. However, it’s recently been revealed that their history extends to several altercations and adventures before what’s been seen on screen. Not only do they have a hilarious rivalry, but it seems as though Rick and The President have an underlying friendship built on the shared tension and stubbornness that comes from an equal refusal to back down when challenged. Here’s the history of Rick and the President explained.
Voiced by actor Keith David, The President first appeared in the classic second season episode, “Get Schwifty”, which saw him as an ally while Rick and his grandson participated in an intergalactic song competition to save the Earth. However, The President and Rick entered into a major conflict with Rick and Morty season 3 episode 10, “The Rickchurian Mortydate”. Because the President refused to take a selfie with Morty, Rick and Morty decided to blow off their latest mission for the President. As a result, The President decided he was no longer going to tolerate all the times they’ve broken several laws. While Rick wanted to leave this current dimension, Morty decided to stay. This prompted Rick to disguise himself as a Rick from another dimension known as “Fly’ Fishin’ Rick”, restoring his partnership with the President by making him think that the original had left to another dimension. The President was also referenced in season 4’s “Edge of Tomorty: Rick Die Rickpeat”, albeit a fascist version of the President from one of several fascist Nazi worlds, shaking hands with a Fascist Rick in a signed photograph.
Now, The President has been featured in a handful of episodes of the new Rick and Morty Season 5, and his partnership with Rick is just as tense (and humorous) as ever. In “Mortyplicity” where the Smith family was fighting multiple decoy families of themselves, the President was informed of the ensuing carnage and yet did nothing as it “sounded exhausting”. However, Rick and the Smith Family ended up working with the President when Morty accidentally created an army of giant sperm monsters in episode 4 “Rickdependence Spray”. That being said, it seems as though Rick can’t help but test The President, as the latest episode saw Rick and Morty trying to steal the Constitution in “Rick & Morty’s Thanksploitation Spectacular”. That was the last straw for the President, as he sent the government to arrest Rick and Morty. This prompted Rick to enact a plan he apparently always uses to get himself out of trouble with the White House: tricking the President into pardoning Rick for his crimes by turning himself into a Thanksgiving turkey. Not only is this ridiculously hilarious, but the mental chess match between Rick and The President suggests that they’ve had multiple altercations that go beyond what’s been seen on screen in prior episodes.
While this particular episode is intentional in keeping the continuity and years spent in Rick and Morty as vague as ever, Rick’s Thanksgiving battle with the President confirms that he’s been doing this turkey-pardoning scheme for years, most likely before the show’s beginning. It also carries the implication that he’s had multiple other conflicts with the President who’s just as stubborn as he is for years as they constantly try to one-up each other. That being said, a possible time limitation could be the President’s term of office, though when Rick’s ability to travel to other dimensions is factored in, it’s possible that they could have fought potentially for longer.
In any case, the President has been featured more in Rick and Morty season 5 than in any other season prior, and it’s led to some of its best and most hilarious moments. While it’s unknown if the President will be featured in further episodes this season, he’s certainly been a welcome addition as a great antagonist for Rick and sometimes ally. Regardless, one can imagine that their rivalry and back and forth will continue, even if it isn’t necessarily shown in an episode of Rick and Morty itself down the line.