- "No we have to BE strong. We have the world's sympathy. Let's HONOR them."
- ―Ashton after being told they have to act strong.
|President Henry Ashton in Vantage Point|
|Nationality:||United States of America|
|Affiliation:||United States Government|
|Profession:||President of the United States of America|
|Played by:||William Hurt|
President Henry Ashton is the President of the United States in Vantage Point.
Ashton is in Salamanca, Spain for a summit where an international treaty dealing with the fight against global terrorism will be signed and which was highly promoted by Ashton. Preceding the summit, Ashton is one of the primary speakers at a public event in Plaza Mayor when at approximately 12:20 local time an unknown sniper is able to shoot him. However, all is not as it seems. Having gotten word of a credible assassination attempt, they had his double give the speech instead, having taken extra precautions after an attempt on his life foiled by Thomas Barnes. Ashton witnesses his double killed and is shocked but is told by his advisors that he cannot reveal himself alive to the American public yet, because they will know he lied. Amidst the chaos, nobody notices an assassin coming into the building with a silenced pistol, which he uses to kill all the bodyguards and take the president hostage. Ashton is later placed in an ambulance with Suarez and another terrorist, Veronica, both of whom are disguised as medics. Javier joins Agent Taylor (who is in on the plot) in a police car to a planned rendezvous at the overpass. Barnes commandeers a car and chases Taylor and Javier. Barnes however, gets into a collision with a truck, allowing the duo to escape. Javier is then shot and killed by Taylor when he demands to be brought to his brother, who had been killed earlier by Suarez. Enrique dies of his wounds as Barnes reaches the scene on foot firing several rounds at Taylor, who attempts to flee. After crashing his car, a critically injured Taylor is dragged out by Barnes. He orders Taylor to reveal where the president has been taken, but Taylor dies. Meanwhile, Ashton regains consciousness in the ambulance and attacks Veronica, distracting her and Suarez just as Anna runs into their path. Suarez swerves causing the ambulance to flip over just as Lewis pulls Anna out of its way. Barnes runs to the ambulance where he sees Veronica lying dead from the crash. A dying Suarez attempts to go for his Glock 26 pistol and kill Ashton, but Barnes intercepts and shoots him dead, later rescuing the president, having redeemed himself and regained his confidance.