White House Down does make Independence Day look like Casablanca in comparison. I completely lost track of what the bad guys wanted, money, power or blowing up the world, never mind the off screen greedy industrialists a la WWI exposes. Maybe it was a parody. It certainly was a cut and paste of every cliché plus the telegraphing. You missed the one about the movie room. If I am the President, my movie room is not going to look like something at a 90's mall. It is only going to have seats for me and immediate family. The one in the movie could seat 50 on chairs one step above folding beach chairs. The scenes with the daughter must have been a parody there to jab every adult that cringes at the cute kid scenes. That plot line certainly had no appeal to anyone over 13.