The insipid face of Millard Fillmore may suggest why so few people can remember that he was president of the United States, much less that it was during his administration that Melville published Moby-Dick. Yet it is a sad fact that for a good 75 years President Fillmore was far better known than Herman Melville. Now he's largely forgotten and the novelist is the famous one. Whatever the year, we tend to take our political leaders too seriously, and to neglect shamefully many of the most creative people among us. It seems only fitting that mediocre Millard ended his political career in 1856 as the losing presidential candidate for the "Know-Nothing" Party. In the unlikely event that Hollywood might want to cast someone as President Fillmore, I hope Alec Baldwin is available.