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President Whitmore, the fictional Commander in Chief in Independence Day

‘I’m a combat pilot, Will. I belong in the air.’

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Movies Of The ‘90s: ‘Independence Day’

If you’re a former fighter pilot and the world is facing annihilation at the hands of an alien species whose only motivation is permanently ending the human race, well then, who cares if you’re the president? You belong in the air, baby!

Welcome back to Nerdette Recaps with Peter Sagal, the podcast where we rewatch movies of the ‘90s and dissect them like the intense nerds we are.

In Episode 2 we revisit the 1996 blockbuster Independence Day, starring Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox, Bill Pullman and at least 25 gallons of pure Americana.

Listen to the conversation, then join us next week for our discussion of White Men Can’t Jump.

And don’t forget, we want to hear from you! Join the party and send us a voice recording about any of the movies we’re featuring. Just record yourself on your smartphone and send the audio file to

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