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President Fitzgerald Grant III
Portrayed by Tony Goldwyn
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White House Character
Biographical Information
Full name: Fitzgerald Thomas Grant III
Age: 50
Status: Alive
Residence: White House
Santa Barbara, California
Oregon (formerly)
Alias:
  • Fitz
Current Occupation/s:
  • President of the United States
Past Occupations:
  • Governor of California
Physical Description
Gender: Male
Hair color: Brown
Eye color: Blue
Relationships
Significant Other:
Relatives:
Friends:
Colleagues:
Enemies:
Character Information
First appearance: Sweet Baby
Latest appearance: The Price of Free and Fair Election
Appearance Count: 41

There's no Sally or Thomas here. You're nobody's victim Liv. I belong to you. We're in this together

— Fitz to Olivia, Happy Birthday, Mr. President

President Fitzgerald "Fitz" Thomas Grant III is the 44th and current President of the United States of America. He is a Republican; his wife is Mellie Grant and he has three children with her; two sons and a daughter: Jerry, Karen, and Teddy. He is in love with Olivia Pope and had an affair with her during his presidential campaign and his first few months as President.

History

Fitz faced Sally Langston (who would later become his Vice President) in the Republican primaries, then ran for the presidency against Samuel Reston of the Democratic Party, Noah Montgomery of the Independent Party, and Matty Bans of the Green Party.

Early in his campaign, he was trailing Sally Langston. At one point, Cyrus Beene calls in his former student, Olivia Pope, to help their situation. Olivia suggests that Fitz be seen with his wife, Mellie, more in public as the loving couple they're supposed to be. This gave him just the publicity he needed. Unbeknownst to everyone, Fitz was beginning to fall for Olivia, so he tried to get her fired off of his election campaign staff. Eventually, they began an affair. (The Trail)

Shortly after Fitz became President - specifically on the night of his State of the Union speech - the affair ended with Olivia's resignation as Communication Director from the White House Administration once Mellie became aware of the affair and subtly let Olivia know she knew. (Happy Birthday, Mr. President)

Throughout the course of his campaign, Olivia, Cyrus, Mellie, and Verna Thornton engage in dirty tricks to get Fitz ahead, including leaking false information about Fitz's opponent, Samuel Reston, and, eventually, employing the help of Hollis Doyle to rig electronic voting machines in a single Ohio county, fixing the election to assure Fitz's election. (A Criminal, A Whore, An Idiot, and A Liar)

Family Life

Fitz's father Fitzgerald Thomas Grant Jr. and his mother are both deceased. Fitz is an only child. Fitz and his wife Mellie have 3 children: Fitzgerald "Jerry" Thomas Grant IV, Karen Grant, and Theodore "Teddy" Grant. Jerry and Karen currently attend boarding school outside of Washington D.C. In Mama Said Knock You Out, we see Jerry and Karen Grant for the first time. Jerry is not supportive of his father's career by making an anti-Grant twitter account. Karen knows about Fitz's affair, and later finds out about Mellie's affair with Andrew Nichols. Jerry has a nosebleed and passes out on stage during Fitz's speech. He later dies of meningitis at 8.46 pm. Fitz is devastated by this and seeks help from Rowan to kill Maya. As it turns out, Maya was not the one who poisoned Jerry, it was Rowan all along! (The Price of Free and Fair Elections)

Education

Fitz is a Rhodes Scholar, a PhD, and J.D. He graduated from Yale University suma cum laude before going on to Harvard Law School.

Career

Military Career

Fitz spent time as a pilot in the U.S. Navy. He saw combat in the Gulf war where at one point his plane was struck down behind enemy lines in Iran on 'Operation Remington' in 1991. He served with Captain Jacob Ballard

Political Career

Fitz followed in his father's footsteps after he left the Navy and began a career in politics. He was the Governor of California before his campaign for presidency in 2008. He's currently running for re-election in the 2012 presidential elections in a rematch against Maryland Governor Samuel Reston, the Democratic nominee as well as facing his own Vice President Sally Langston, whose running as an Independent.

Relationships

Olivia Pope

Fitz met Olivia Pope during his Primary campaign shortly after the Iowa Caucus. His campaign manager, Cyrus Beene brought her in to help turn around the floundering campaign. Fitz refers to Olivia as the "love of his life" although he has been married to Mellie for 20+ years. Fitz and Olivia are currently together (they have an on-off relationship, but even when they "break up" it's clear that they never stop loving each other)

For more on there relationship click here: Olivia Pope & Fitz Grant Relationship.

Cyrus Beene

Cyrus was the campaign manager of Fitz's presidential campaign and is currently his Chief of Staff in the White House and closest friend.

Their friendship came to a stop when Fitz found out about Defiance; he then no longer trusted Cyrus (along with Mellie & Olivia). He specifically kept Cyrus out of the loop on military operations and strategic plans. (Nobody Likes Babies)

But Cyrus managed to work his way back into his good graces, regained his trust which led to their friendship returning. Fitz found out about Cyrus staying at a hotel because James had kicked him out and Fitz told Cyrus to fight for it and to make it work. Top of the Hour / Snake in the Garden)

Mellie Grant

Mellie and Fitz met at Frank's Tavern in Boston on a blind date set up by Fitz's father Jerry and one of his old friends. Mellie was a clerk to the friend of Jerry's. The two went on to attend Harvard Law together. (Molly, You in Danger, Girl)

Since then they've had a dicey relationship, which got worse when Olivia Pope became a part of Fitz's presidency campaign. It's been a back-and-forth battle of they love each other... they hate each other; Mellie planning to leave him but staying; Fitz going off to Olivia and then coming back to Mellie. One of the most dramatic love triangles.

Trivia

  • The character of President Fitzgerald Thomas Grant III is opposite in a few ways of the current President of the United States, Barack Obama, most likely to avoid controversy and comparison for issues: Grant is white and Republican, and Obama is African-American/white and Democratic.
  • The character of President Fitzgerald Thomas Grant III is rumored to be a reflection of President George W. Bush Jr

Appearances

Season Three:
It's Handled:
Appeared
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner:
(Flashback Episode)
Appeared
Present Day Only
Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington:
Appeared
Say Hello to My Little Friend:
Appeared
More Cattle, Less Bull:
Appeared
Icarus:
(Flashback Episode)
Appeared
Present Day Only
Everything's Coming Up Mellie:
(Flashback Episode)
Appeared
(in present) & Flashbacks
Vermont is for Lovers, Too:
Appeared
YOLO:
(Flashback Episode)
Appeared
Present Day Only
A Door Marked Exit:
Appeared
Ride, Sally, Ride:
Appeared
We Do Not Touch the First Ladies:
(Flashback Episode)
Appeared
(in present) & Flashbacks
No Sun on the Horizon:
Appeared
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang:
(Flashback Episode)
Appeared
(in present) & Flashbacks
Mama Said Knock You Out:
Appeared
The Fluffer:
Will Appear
Flesh and Blood:
Will Appear
The Price of Free and Fair Election:
Will Appear

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