Cinematic presidential addresses …

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So over the past two nights I watched the original Independence Day with my son. While the film is dog excrement, few can argue with the final Bill Pullman-delivered presidential address, featuring the fabulous line, “We will not go quietly into the night!”

Which led to me start thinking about cinematic commanders in chief, and they finest pulpit moments. I offer these dandies and ask you—which is the best?

• 1. Independence Day, starring Bill Pullman as President Whitmore …

• 2. Dave, starring Kevin Kline as President Bill Mitchell …

• 3. The American President, starring Michael Douglas as President Andy Shepherd …

• 4. Mars Attacks!, starring Jack Nicholson as President James Dale …

• 5. Armageddon, starring Stanley Anderson as President (Yes, just “President”) …

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