"My disciples just destroyed another cheap American knockoff. The Chinese Theater. Mr. President, I know this must be getting frustrating. But this season of terror is drawing to a close. And don't worry, the big one is coming. Your graduation."
"Mr. President. Only two lessons remain. And I intend to finish this before Christmas morning. Meet Thomas Richards. Good strong name. Good strong job. Thomas, here, is an accountant for the Roxxon Oil Corporation. But I'm sure he's a really good guy. I'm going to shoot him in the head, live on your television in 30 seconds. The number for this telephone is in your cell phone. Exciting, isn't it, imagining how it got there? America, if your president calls me in the next half-minute, Tom lives. Go!"
"Give me some good news, man." "I think they all made it." "Oh, thank God." "Yeah, but I missed the president." "You couldn't save the president with the suit, how are we gonna save Pepper with nothing?"
"What do you want from me?" "Uh...nothing, sir. I just needed a reason to kill you that would play well on TV. You see, I've moved on. I've found myself a new political patron, and at this time tomorrow, he'll have your job."
"Today, world leaders are scrambling for answers after the world's most advanced spy agency was crippled by a series of attacks. The president contends this is the biggest intelligence leak in world history. But what's even more disturbing are the documents released from S.H.I.E.L.D. show clear evidence of human experimentation, stockpiles of WMD all concealed by a massive cover-up. With world security at stake, officials everywhere are calling for S.H.I.E.L.D...."
"-another example of this administration's lack of transparency." "You can't seriously be blaming the president for this." "Those who let S.H.I.E.L.D. operate without oversight should be held accountable." "If your party held the White House, would you be taking this position?" "If my party held the White house, we wouldn't be in this position."
"Good evening. I'm here tonight to address growing concerns among our citizens of the threats we face that are not of this world. I don't need to remind people of the catastrophes in New York, London, and most recently Sokovia, tragedies that seem to be growing in number and scale. And the organization we had in place to protect us, S.H.I.E.L.D., brought airships raining down in our nation's capital. Every day, new dangers present themselves, filling our peaceful streets with chaos. By executive order, I have created a special task force to neutralize these alien threats on our soil. The Advanced Threat Containment Unit, or ATCU, will be given full license to act with whatever authority is necessary. The laws of nature have changed. And until the laws of man change to reflect that, we must do what we feel is right."
―Matthew Ellis' speech to the American people[src]
"Mr. President, how do you respond to reports that the recent incidents are, in fact, due to the spread of an alien contagion?" "These are rumors. They are not true. They are fabrications meant to boost ratings and cause hysteria. Any and all possibilities are being taken very seriously by the ATCU." "But if this is an outbreak, shouldn't the public be made aware?" "I think we should be careful, the words we start throwing around. The last thing we need is panic in the streets. Any threat will be eliminated, I can assure you. People have a right to know." "Are the infected among us?" "Thank you. That'll be all for today."
"Gideon Malick." "I know the name. Industrialist. He once served on the World Council." "He's a friend. I've worked with him more than a decade. H-He advises the president's staff, helped design the ATCU, oversees the science division. He gave me the T.A.H.I.T.I. intel."
"We've experienced a series of grave events that have had severe repercussions. I am completely sensitive to the fear and concern that creates. But at the same time, I recognize what men like Tony Stark, Steve Rogers and others have done in the face of these attacks."
"Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. I've just been briefed on the developing situation in Lagos, Nigeria. Secretary Ross has contacted their president and assured him that we will do whatever it takes to support our friend and ally. It is crucial that we unite and stand together to ensure that peace and security prevail over chaos and fear. In the coming days, my administration will work directly with the United Nations to find the people responsible for this catastrophe and hold them accountable to the full extent of the law. With courage, and with compassion, the international community will help support Lagos during their time of need. Thank you and may God bless."