“President” Jack Nicholson’s Speech From “Mars Attacks!”

This is one of the all-time great Jack Nicholson scenes, from the (somewhat forgotten? somewhat overlooked?) 1996 Tim Burton movie Mars Attacks!

Nicholson plays the president of the United States; as the invading aliens are literally on his doorstep, he launches into a desperate speech chock-full of every patriotic cliche in his arsenal: