“S-stop joking around! If you do that, you'll start World War Three!”
David Hoope (デイビット・ホープ, Debiddo Hōpu) is the President of the United States.
He gives permission to form the SPK after having a discussion with Near. He is threatened by Mello with the Death Note, forced into giving him all the information he has on the SPK, and to keep him updated on what they are doing. He works unsuccessfully with L (Light) to infiltrate Mello's hideout. He's a strong leader, but powerless against the decree of the Death Note. Hoope ends up committing suicide, and it is said that Kira disposed of him after the special forces' attack failed.
- Although he is the U.S. President in the manga, George Sairas, his vice president, is the president in the anime.