Every year on "Presidents Day" Americans celebrate the men who have lead their nation through its myriad trials, tribulations and triumphs. The holiday was originally called "Washington's Birthday" to honor the birth of the first President.
But over the years, "Presidents Day" has become a special day when the country remembers the leaders who have defined the history of the United States.
Some of the Presidents who come to mind besides Washington are, of course, Abraham Lincoln, followed by such giants as Franklin Roosevelt, Jack Kennedy and Ronald Reagan.
In honor of "Presidents Day", I'd like to ask that every citizen take a moment to remember the rich historical legacy of possibly the greatest man to ever be elected to the Presidency. A man larger than the Oval Office where he served before its was blown apart by a floating laser cannon. An elected official who transformed Airforce One into a mighty bird of prey.
That man, that president, is President Thomas J. Whitmore.
A former Persian Gulf War fighter pilot, President Whitmore served his country bravely in the mid-90s when the world came under attack by a fleet of hostile insectoid aliens bent on devouring our country and planet.
The young President had a bold, non-partisan governing style and his cabinet was as energetic as their young Commander-in-Chief. Although President Whitmore and his administration were down in the polls during the beginning of the alien crisis, he still inspired America with his youth, vigor and past service as a war hero.
The alien invasion had a profound effect on President Whitmore, who barely escaped the total destruction of the White House. He was the second president after Truman to unleash America's nuclear arsenal, after he psychically connected with the hostile extraterrestrial species and learned of their nefarious plans.
President Whitmore led an international coalition of jet fighters against the alien ships, defeating the invaders and securing the safety of all of Earth.
But these were dark times for the country, the world and President Whitmore. The President lost his wife, First Lady Marilyn Whitmore, who escaped the total destruction of Los Angeles, but died July 3rd of that year from injuries she sustained during the evacuation. Even with this grief, President Whitmore embraced the rebuilding of all of America's destroyed cities.
Presidents are often remembered for their inspiring words spoken during difficult times. Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, delivered during the worst of the Civil War, is one such example. Roosevelt telling Americans that the "only thing we have to fear, is fear itself" is another example of stirring Presidential rhetoric. Who can think of Kennedy without thinking of his famous call to the American people to "ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country!"
President Whitmore belongs with these great men. His timeless speech delivered in the deserts of Nevada before one of the greatest battles ever fought by humanity is one that future generations of Americans will learn to quote. Historians will enshrine these words in history books. Before strapping himself into the cockpit of a fighter plane and flying off into certain danger, President Whitmore addressed the nation and the world.
Here is the entirety of what is now called the "Independence Day Speech":
“Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world. And you will be launching the largest aerial battle in the history of mankind. “Mankind.” That word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can’t be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interests. Perhaps it’s fate that today is the Fourth of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom… Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution… but from annihilation. We are fighting for our right to live. To exist. And should we win the day, the Fourth of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day the world declared in one voice: “We will not go quietly into the night!” We’re going to live on! We’re going to survive! Today we celebrate our Independence Day!”
And so, in honor of President's Day, let us all take a moment to silently salute President Thomas J. Whitmore.
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