The Five Best Movie Presidential Speeches

In honor of President's Day, watch the best speeches given by presidents that don't exist.

In honor of President's Day, please enjoy these speeches from some of our greatest fictional presidents. All too often these days, speeches from our presidents are merely jumbles of catchphrases, designed to merely not offend anyone. Our presidents are also rarely faced with asteroids or alien attacks, moments that inspire truly great rhetoric. And they rarely get inspirational music played over their speeches.

5: President Dave Kovic (i.e. President Bill Mitchell), from Dave. Kovic, pretending to be President Mitchell while the President is incapacitated by a stroke, announced that he is making the government personally responsible for giving all Americans a job:

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Act: MTV's New Take on Social Responsibility

Check out MTV's latest effort to combine positive change and a desire to watch Jersey Shore.


If you have a younger sibling or are, yourself, really into Jersey Shore, you might not imagine that MTV is also trying to take some of its capital with young viewers and make a difference. You might remember MTV Think from a few years ago (we profiled its leader, Ian Rowe, in GOOD 003). MTV has now done enough thinking, and wants to get something done. Hence, its new site, Act.

Act is a blog putting world issues into perspective for MTV audiences. It has the added feature of giving readers a chance to take action after reading each post. For instance, a post about New York City's new condom-finding iPhone app gives readers the chance to download the app and to learn about STDs. All the actions on the site are quantified (more than 5,000 so far). And sometimes taking action results in good things. Right now, your actions could get Justin Bieber to record your voicemail greeting, though I am pretty sure no Justin Biber fan uses voicemail. If Act can help motivate some of our notoriously unmotivated young people to learn more and take positive action, it might come close to making up for inflicting Snooki upon the world.

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Video: Mubarak Resigns, Egpytian Rejoice

An Egyptian blogger captures the celebration.

Mubarak has officially resigned. Protesters are going nuts in Egypt. This video, via the Lede, is by Egyptian blogger Wael Abbas.

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Arizona Is the Sunniest State. Mississippi Is the Fattest. Maps of State Superlatives

Two maps show states at the top and bottom of various statistical rankings. How does your home stack up?

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Protests Erupting Across Egypt, Here Is How You Can Follow Them

The internet is down in Egypt but there are still valuable resources you can use to follow the protests as they continue after the evening prayer.

Egypt's protests are taking on a new scale today, as tens of thousands of protesters are clashing with Egyptian security forces across the country. The Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's largest illegal opposition group, has joined the protests. And Nobel laureate Egyptian dissident Mohamed ElBaradei has also flown to Egypt to join the protests. Today he stood, alone, in front of a line of Egyptian security forces for 15 minutes while being doused with a water hose and gassed, before he eventually retreated back into a mosque.

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Video: Errol Morris Celebrates IBM's 100th Anniversary

Two excellent videos celebrate the technology company's 100 years in business.

IBM is celebrating it's 100th birthday this year. We do some work with IBM, but regardless of that fact, having a company in business for 100 years is incredibly impressive. Having a company in business for 100 years at the level that IBM operates is doubly impressive.

In honor of their achievements, IBM has commissioned two videos. "100 x 100" features people discussing IBM's achievements throughout the last century. The trick is, each person featured was born in the year of that achievement. Call me a huge nerd, but it gives me goosebumps at points. I particularly like 1931. "It was a big year for punches." Watch it here:

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