In 1980, Hollywood--with a little help from the Republican Party--sent actor Ronald Reagan ("Knute Rockne--All American," "The Hasty Heart," "King's Row") to the White House. The Great Communicator has, in turn, often relied on Hollywood shorthand to address the world. "Many years ago, in one of the four wars in my lifetime, an admiral stood on the bridge of a carrier watching the planes take off and out into the darkness, bent on a night combat mission, and then found himself asking, with no one there to answer, just himself to hear his own voice, he said, 'Where do we find such men?' "
--At Normandy for the 40th anniversary of D-Day, recalling a scene that took place in the movie "The Bridges at Toko-Ri . " "I am paying for this microphone, Mr. Green!"
--As a presidential candidate in 1980, protesting an attempt to shut off his microphone during a New Hampshire debate by quoting a line from Spencer Tracy in the movie "State of the Union." "I have only one thing to say to the tax increasers: Go ahead and make my day."
--Addressing Congress, quoting Clint Eastwood from his movie "Sudden Impact." "The force is with us."