Snake Plissken walked to The President. He was in the middle of a shave and reviewing his script. The President saw him, and looked up.
"Oh..." he was a little intimidated by Snake, "Listen, I want to thank you back there for saving my life. If there's anything you want... anything at all."
"Just a minute of your time," Snake said coldly
"Of course. Yes?"
"We did get you out," Snake agreed, "But a lot of people died in the process. I just wondered how you felt about it."
The President almost said the usual 'their country appreciates their sacrifice', when he saw the hatred in Snake's eyes, and truly thought about what had happened. Criminals who he had condemned to New York had put their lives on the line for him. And Snake, the only man around with a working moral compass, had been forced to watch them die.
"I…" The President began, "I feel terrible about it. They didn't owe me anything, yet they risk it all for me. I…I'm going to have them pardoned…and thank them in my speech. It's the least I can do."
Snake nodded, and reached into his pocket, taking out a cassette tape.
"You might want to use this tape instead of the one I gave Hauk," Snake advised, "I don't think the reds would be too happy with the theme from American Bandstand."
Snake walked away.
In 1997, Snake Plissken allowed the Hartford Summit to go smoothly, which was the first step in ending World War Three.
In 1998, Snake joined Bob Hauk's elite Special Forces unit, serving three successful missions before retiring.
In 2000, The President was up for re-election. Snake votes for him against the fundamentalist candidate. Snake is given a cushy government job, supervising the re-alignment of LA within the constitutional United States after an earthquake separates it.
In 2004, the constitution is altered to have a four-term limit, instead of two, allowing The President and Snake to continue their work on LA. Their work is finished in 2009; Snake moves up the ladder in the government, supervising programs to clean up the radioactive mid-west and give aid to China and the USSR. He is instrumental in the 'Mind your own business' act between the three nations that ensures peace between them.
In 2012, when The President retires, a man is elected who will bring the earth to order. His staff refers to him as 'sir'. Foreign leaders call him, 'Mr. President'. The people call him 'our savior'. But the President, as always, likes people to…
"Call me Snake."