Both presidents Walker are inspired by real leaders of the American government. President Walker, who reigns for the first two seasons, has many similarities with John F. Kennedy, such as energy and youth, domestic and spousal issues, and a scandalous cabinet that threaten to take down the whole ship.
Frank Underwood has a lot in common with Lyndon B. Johnson. Both Southern politicians are intimidating, power hungry and tough. They also both obviously dislike the President they usurped. To bring it all together, there’s a copy of “The Years of Lyndon Johnson: The Passage of Power” on Underwood’s desk in “Chapter 13.”