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The Baltimore Sun

The fiction: 'Independence Day' (1996)

When the country is attacked by aliens, President Thomas J. Whitmore (Bill Pullman) not only rallies the troops, but he also climbs into the cockpit of a plane and leads them into battle. The reality: Being president during a major attack on American soil and a gung-ho attitude toward war make Whitmore an easy comparison to President George W. Bush. His readiness to speechify in a flight suit before flying off to fight the bad guys seals the deal.Melissa Moseley / Twentieth Century Fox