Thursday, December 10, 2009

President Obama channels Harrison Ford

In his nobel speech today, the President said, "For peace is not merely the absence of visible conflict. Only a just peace based upon the inherent rights and dignity of every individual can truly be lasting. " Very similar to Harrison Ford's line in one of my favorite movies, Air Force One. "True peace is not merely the absence of conflict, it is the presence of justice." That is one of my favorite lines, and I think the Air Force One line is more succinct and powerful than President Obama's.
But I loved today's speech and found it very inspiring.

9 comments:

Lachlan said...

Awesome. I was thoroughly impressed with this speech. Some other great excerpts:

“A nonviolent movement could not have halted Hitler’s armies. Negotiations cannot convince al-Qaida’s leaders to lay down their arms. To say that force is sometimes necessary is not a call to cynicism, it is a recognition of history."

“The belief that peace is desirable is rarely enough to achieve it.”

Evan said...

It would've been much more exciting if something like this went down.

That said, it was an incredibly good speech.

Evan said...

Whoa. I think this may be the first time Obama has done something and Lachlan and I are on the same page.

Lachlan said...

It's about time. I give credit where it's due, and it is certainly due here.

Ayush Soni said...

War...the great uniter

Andre said...

Bush used to go to bed listening to this one on tape.See if you can guess where its from....

"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 anymore. We will be united in our common interests. Perhaps it's fate that today is the Fourth of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom... Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution... but from annihilation. We are fighting for our right to live. To exist. And should we win the day, the Fourth of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day 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!"

Shaan said...

Please, I can recite the entirety of 'Independence Day.'

Lachlan said...

That is one of the better fictional presidential speeches of all time. Still, I think Harrison takes the gold.

Andre said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRGUqd_M6Mg