5 Movie Quotes That Belong in the State Of the Union Speech

President Obama will address the nation during the State of the Union on Tuesday at 9 p.m. EST. While President Obama’s speeches can be rather serious, I cannot help but wonder what his speech would be like if he made a couple movie references. Here are the top five movie quotes that I think will be in his speech, even if he does not use quite the same wording.

1. “What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate.” — Cool Hand Luke


There’s no question that there is a huge partisan chasm between the Democratic Party and the Republican Party in congress. Even legislation that should be bipartisan, such as the Violence Against Women Act, is facing surprising partisan blocks. One of the most common themes in the president’s speeches is the call for bipartisanship and communication across the aisles, making this quote a natural fit for a movie quote that should be referenced.

2. “I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.” — The Godfather


Immigration reform is something the president promised, Hispanic and Asian communities expect, and Republicans need. There is no question that the election put immigration reform as one of the most important issues in this session of congress, and Republicans need to approach this from another angle, something that is not vehemently anti-immigrant. There is too much at stake for all the parties involved to not reach a solution that alleviates this problem.

3. “Go ahead, make my day.” — Sudden Impact


The personal attacks against the president and his cabinet will continue as usual. While there was already some sentiment to this when the president tried to defend Susan Rice against Republican attacks, I expect that such attacks will continue against the president for his pick for the FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection, potential Supreme Court picks, court appointments and so on. If so, the president will have to continue to push back against these attacks, but he needs to back it up with action. Bonus points for it being a Clint Eastwood quote.

4. “Well, here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten me into.” — Sons of the Desert


This quote could reference any number of things, but the national economy would say this to congress on a monthly basis. The constant bickering over the debt-ceiling, tax reform, the budgets, the big fight over the fiscal cliff that just happened and will happen again, it’s a little too much to take for anyone keeping up with this.

5. “I am king of the world." — Titanic


This is just for the fun of it and should never actually appear in his real speech. Woo-hoo, I won the election, suckers, deal with it!

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I am interested in issues regarding First Amendment rights, particularly free speech, freedom of the press and the interactions between secularism and religion in the modern world. I approach a lot of issues from a progressive viewpoint and try to steer clear of the "political party" divides which are often inflexible regardless of context. For that reason, I don't gravitate towards articles that have Democrats vs. Republicans as one of the main points. I am a recent college graduate from Harvard University (Class of 2011) with a concentration in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. My desired profession is science research in genetics, which of course means that I'm interested in science and science policy as well.

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