Question: I believe there was a movie that aired in the '70s depicting the first African-American president. Is this true or was I imagining this? If so, is there a video of it? I would really like to see it. Steven M., Chicago, Ill.
Televisionary: It sounds to me like you're thinking of The Man, which starred James Earl Jones as the title character. It was produced as a TV-movie, but received a theatrical release in 1972 instead.
Written by Rod Serling (The Twilight Zone, Night Gallery) and based on an Irving Wallace novel, the movie's setup featured the convenient death of the sitting president and everyone else in line for the job. (They all bought it when a building collapsed.) I've never seen it myself, but from what I understand simply knowing it exists is more interesting and enjoyable than watching the film itself.
As far as I know, it's not out on VHS or DVD.