Before the attack Tom is treated as an irritating buffoon and is as irrelevant as he fears he is. People utter incessant gibber. There are unsubtle hints of the impending chaos. Politicians with bad hair are insufferable. There is no narrative propulsion. Tom was billy-no-mates with the POTUS. Nobody talks of Tom in awed tones. This was not diabolically dark or superficially credible.
Tom seems less than able to cope with the challenges of life. Scenes with Tom’s annoying wife and kids aren’t significant in any plot-advancing way. This is none-too-subtle. Can Tom survive the cynical principles of DC? Tom is now POTUS due to the attack. Tom is sworn in as POTUS in a corridor - why does the POTUS’ wife always have to hold the bible? Even when he is POTUS, people ignore Tom. Maggie Q is an FBI agent.
Tom says the Secret Service are the best in the world. But they didn’t prevent the attack! Tom gets the nuclear football. The idiot drug dealer son takes up plot time. Who carried out the attack? Iran is menaced. The White House Chief of Staff lurks and plots with a crazed General.
“You are not loved!”
“Let me go woman.”
“Eagle is gone.”
“You’re a threat to human existence.”