‘Independence Day’ Star Bill Pullman’s Presidential Commencement Speech

Bill Pullman riled up graduates at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC with a commencement speech fit for a president.

On Saturday, May 20, Pullman, who played the President in the 1996 classic “Independence Day”, shared his advice to students using the anecdote of a flight attendant preparing passengers for take off.

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“Stow away your items under the seat in front of you and insure that all aisles, exits and bulkhead areas are cleared,” means “You have baggage, sure, just don’t leave it around for people to stumble over,” Pullman said.

“When you are about to head into a situation that may prove to be bumpy, you want to make sure you can react with your head and heart and you have neutralized the animal self,” he continued. “Lock it down, because it can react many times faster speeds than your brain.”

“Before reacting, be sure to take a breath,” Pullman said in comparison to oxygen masks dropping in case of an emergency. “Remind yourself to do the safety check when you are getting besieged.”

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“The Safety Information Card,” he added “It is all there… This is something you can use when disruptions occur that seem to threaten your world as-you-know-it, or at least some part of it.”

Pullman, 63, has starred in popular flicks like “Spaceballs” and “Casper” — but is keeping busy this year with “Walking Out” and “The Ballad of Lefty Brown”.



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