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The 5 Most Inspirational Movie POTUS Speeches Of All Time

Absolutely more eloquent and elegant than listening to someone say, 'You're fired!'
by Rey de la Cruz Jr. | Jan 21, 2017
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If you haven't been living under a rock these past few months, you've probably heard that the United States of America has elected a new President. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, "Orange is the New black" as the ever-controversial Donald Trump has officially succeeded Barack Obama as the POTUS earlier today.

America and the rest of the world have been pretty much divided about Trump. But one thing everyone can probably agree on is that he says the craziest and most outrageous things during his speeches. One of these days, he might finally reveal he's an alien and that he's been planning the annihilation of the human race with the help of his inter-galactic overlords. Because when it comes to President Trump, you never really know, right? 

Here's a video of the man, for example, claiming to know "the best words," whatever the hell that means.

If you're in the mood for something that sounds more presidential and want to feel inspired by someone's oratorical flourish, we've compiled the greatest POTUS speeches from movies that "The Donald"—given his thorny relationship with Hollywood—is unlikely to draw inspiration from in his future speaking engagements.

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Independence Day

Movie presidential speeches are inherently cheesy given their penchant for drama and hyperbole. But the cheesiest out of all of them might be from Independence Day, as the President (played by Bill Pullman) rallies probably the last remaining air force on Earth to fight back against the aliens. "We will not go quietly into the night. We will not vanish without a fight, we’re going to live on. We're going to survive. Today, we celebrate our Independence Day!" It makes you cringe now, but back then it made us believe that a floppy disk with a virus can bring down the entire invading fleet of extraterrestrials.

Deep Impact (1998)

The stakes don't get any higher than the end of the world. And who better to hold our hand as we go through it than Morgan Freeman, right? From a school principal to the US President to God himself, Freeman has always been the quintessential voice of authority in movies. In Deep Impact, he addresses the last surviving citizens of the world in front of what's left of the US Capitol building. His gravitas and baritone voice can make even Twilight sound like Shakespeare. Come to think of it though, not even Freeman can do that for Twilight.


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Air Force One (1997)

When he's not busy commandeering the Millennium Falcon, legendary actor and real-life pilot Harrison Ford flies his vast collection of airplanes. In Air Force One, he plays the US President who has to fight off terrorists who hijacked his plane. No one could forget the scene where Ford finally pushes Gary Oldman off the plane just before uttering, "Get off my plane!" with his trademark gruff. It also has one of the most honest presidential movie speeches of all time—he promises not to allow American self-interest to prevail over what's morally right, and vows to go hard against those who oppose justice. Makes you want to stand up and give the man an ovation in front of your television.

Lincoln (2012)

In this award-winning performance, Daniel Day-Lewis plays US President Abraham Lincoln in what is probably the closest approximation to the man that we've seen. While most speeches in this list are addressed to huge crowds, this scene happens during a closed door meeting with Lincoln's cabinet. Fearing that the peace deal with the Confederates might break down with his proposed abolition of slavery, everyone pleads to abandon the idea. But Lincoln, in an impassioned speech delivered by Day-Lewis, reiterates to them the importance of what they are doing and what it means for humanity. They don't consider Lincoln one of the greatest American presidents for nothing.

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The American President (1995)

If you ever get the chance to talk to soon-to-be ex-president Obama, he'll probably tell you that being the President of the United States makes you an easy target. Every move you make will invite criticism of some sort. And as the leader of the free world, you're supposed to be above that. But when things get personal, one on-screen POTUS fights back. In The American President, Michael Douglas is US President Andrew Shepherd, who like our own former President Noynoy Aquino, is a bachelor. He gets romantically involved with a lobbyist (Annette Bening) and the man opposing him in the coming elections uses that fact to criticize him. Michael Douglas gives his opposition a verbal beatdown and ends it beautifully with, "My name is Andrew Shepherd, and I am the President." It doesn't get any more OG than that.


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