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6 Stirring Speeches From America's Best Fictional Presidents

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Barack Obama has officially been inaugurated as the president of the United States of America for the second time. Yesterday, he gave a stirring speech to the American people. Here, six other presidential speeches that will move you. (PS: They're totally not real presidents.)

Independence Day

Bill Pullman's iconic President Whitmore made this memorable speech about the world's independence day in this film about an alien attack on Earth.

West Wing

Jed Bartlet reminds us that "the streets of heaven are too crowded with angels" during this speech after a violent attack on a college campus.

Dave

"I ought to care more about what's right than I do about what's popular," Kevin Kline said in his role as Dave, a character who is hired by the Secret Service to impersonate the president.

The American President

A speech about the American Civil Liberties Union makes President Andrew Shepherd pretty darn likable in this film written by Aaron Sorkin, who is best known for The West Wing.

Commander in Chief

This short-lived drama starred Geena Davis as the president. She reminds us that the character of any nation is judged by its people, not its leaders.

Air Force One

"Real peace is not just the absence of conflict," said President James Marshall, aka Harrison Ford.

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Happy Birthday, Alex Trebek!
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Today, everyone's favorite game show host turns 76 years old. Let's celebrate!

ON SESAME STREET

In 2006, Trebek played “Special of the Day” with Telly.

ON CARD SHARKS

In 1980, the tables were turned, and Trebek found himself the contestant on this episode of Card Sharks. The “tell me about yourself” portion of the program doesn’t go so smoothly, but he’s pretty good at the game itself.

THROWING PEOPLE IN THE POOL

In this sketch for the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, Trebek throws a waiter in a pool. The takeaway is clear: Don’t phrase things in the form of a question when you’re talking to the Jeopardy! host.

TREBEK ON NASA

And how the agency’s work with other companies helps all of us, not just astronauts.

HOSTING WHEEL OF FORTUNE

Happy April Fool's Day 1997! (Pat Sajak hosted Jeopardy that night.)

ALEX, AUTOTUNED

MC TREBEK IN THE HIZZOUSE

That was the actual name of the category.

AND JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT COULDN'T GET ANY WEIRDER...

Behold “Sexiest Potpourri Ever.”

LAST BUT NOT LEAST...

You didn’t think we’d leave without posting one of these, did you?

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Covers of "Me and Bobby McGee"
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On this day in 1970, Janis Joplin died of a heroin overdose at the age of 27. The singer-songwriter was known as "The Queen of Psychedelic Soul." Here, we remember Joplin with covers of her only number-one hit, "Me and Bobby McGee." Joplin's version of the song, originally written by Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster, topped the charts after her death, making the song the second posthumous number-one single in U.S. chart history.

Johnny Cash

Pink

Willie Nelson

Dolly Parton

James Last

Jerry Lee Lewis

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