"Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world, and you will be launching the largest aerial battle in the history of mankind.
Mankind, that… word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can't be consumed by our petty differences any more. We will be united in our common interest. Perhaps it's fate that today is the 4th of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom. Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution, but from annihilation.
We're fighting for our right to live, to exist and should we win the day, the 4th of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day when the world declared in one voice, '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!"
-President Thomas Whitmore, July 4th, 1996
He was their greatest President, I tell ya…
In case you are wondering why the speech sounds so familiar, the movie paid homage to many movies and plays, and this speech is actually a variant of King Harry's St. Crispian's Day speech from Shakespeare's Henry V. See if you can spot Batman in this video of Kenneth Branagh's awesome version of the St. Crispian's Day speech.
Now off to our F18 Hornets, the only aircraft left in the world! We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; for he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother!