There's no question that this movie pushes all the right buttons. It is very cute and plays on your emotions. In spite of the fairly predictable plot (yes, the president now has a girlfriend), you can't help but like it.
As the story plays out, we see just how hard it would be for a single president to get to know a woman romantically. The media crush, as well as the security concerns would be tough to overcome. President Shepherd (Michael Douglas) is also hog-tied by the fact that the environmental legislation Ms. Sydney Wade (Annette Bening) wants him to sign is having trouble making it through congress. He is forced to make a choice. Dump the environmental legislation and pass a crime bill, or push his girlfriend's legislation and have it likely go down as a political failure. Tough call! Most guys only have to figure out how not to spend time with their girlfriend's family or things like that.
Michael Douglas and Annette Bening shine in the lead roles, and the supporting actors (Martin Sheen, Michael J. Fox, David Paymer and the others) are outstanding.
Hilarious moment...watching the president of the United States ordering flowers for his date.