He’s done it, people. Barack Obama has won himself a second term as the President of the United States of America. You probably caught election coverage last night on one of the many television outlets broadcasting the event, but those of you who prescribe to the early-to-bed maxim might not have actually seen the Commander-in-Chief’s victory speech. Luckily, the bounties of the Internet allow us to view the entire video below:
The inspiring, impassioned diatribe from our newly reelected POTUS got us thinking. Not about the issues, or the state of the world, or any of that garbage. About movies. Movies with the most inspiring sports speeches in history. After all, we can only assume Obama took his oration lessons from the likes of Irv Blitzer, Danny O’Shea, and Mickey from Rocky. These are the men who taught the Prez a thing or two about delivering a heartfelt speech, and encouraged the man in charge to win a Round 2 in the Oval Office.
After all (with just a few minor tweaks), these famous speeches do seem to directly serve Obama. Check them out below!
Irv Blitzer from Cool Runnings“Winning a presidential election is about one thing: the push-start. Now, I know you dainty, little senators think you’re fast. Well, let’s see how fast you are when you push a six-hundred pound economy. Now a respectable unemployment rate is five-point-seven percent. If you can’t whip off an even six flat, you have a better chance of becoming a municipal alderman.”
Danny O’Shea from Little Giants“Who said you had to be good to run a country? You run a country because you want to. You run a country because it’s fun. You run a country so you could pretend you’re James Monroe writing a doctrine, or Dwight Eisenhower going for a long war. And even if those republicans are better than you, even if they beat you 99 times out of 100, that still leaves … one time.”Jimmy McGinty from The Replacements“All right, Obama. Listen up. There are some who will say that your accomplishments today will soon be forgotten, that you’re not a real American, that this isn’t a real country. And I say that’s bulls***. Because as of four years ago, you’re a professional world leader. You’re being paid to lead, and I want to you to remember that, because the men whose places you’ve taken, like Taft, forgot that a long time ago. Let’s bring it in. Let’s play some democracy.” Herb Brooks from Miracle“Great moments are born from great opportunity. And that’s what you have here tonight, Obama. That’s what you have earned here tonight. One debate. If you debated ‘em 10 times, they might win nine. But not this election. Not tonight. Tonight, you argue with ’em. Tonight, you counter their foreign policies, and you shut them down because you can! Tonight, you are the greatest presidential candidate in the world. You were born to be President. You were meant to be here tonight. This is your time. Their time is done; it’s over*. I’m sick and tired of hearing about what a great candidate the republicans have. Screw ‘em. This is your time! Now go out there and take it!”
*Kind of confusing since Barack Obama is the standing president and Mitt Romney the challenger, but hey… that’s politics.Mickey from Rocky“You’re gonna eat the deficit, and you’re gonna crap jobs!”
Bonus: commenting specifically on Obama’s mention of his 20 year anniversary to Michelle during the first round of debates: “Women weaken legs!”The Mighty Ducks“Have you ever seen a flock of ducks flying in perfect formation? It’s beautiful. Pretty awesome the way they all stick together. Ducks never say die. Ever seen a duck fight? No way. Why? Because the other animals are afraid. They know that if they mess with one duck, they gotta deal with the whole flock.” (No edits necessary)Fortune from Rudy“You’re six feet nothin’. A hundred and somethin’. And hardly have a spec of presidential ability. And you hung in with the best governmental administration in the land for four years. And you’re going to walk out of here with a White House commemorative tote bag. In this lifetime, you don’t have to prove nothing to nobody except yourself. And after what you’ve gone through, if you haven’t done that by now, it ain’t gonna never happen.”Whatever your stance, you can’t help but feel the magic of an inspiring sports movie speech. As such, this might be just what Obama would need to clinch his upcoming debate against former Gov. Romney. Who knows? If he does call upon the likes of Coaches Blitzer, O’Shea, Bombay, and Brooks, he might very well win just one for the Gipper. Reagan played him — it works on both levels!
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