In Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, short while after the beginning of the movie, Irina Spalko captured Indy and force him to lead the U.S soldiers military base which contains bunch of crates. Then, they've opened a highly magnetic crate which contains a weird creature. Meanwhile, Indy attempts to escape, however the attempts failed because Mac was pointing the gun at Indy's head and then reveals he's a spy working for Soviets. In that time, Indy and Mac had a conversation and then finally Spalko asked, 'No defiant last words, Dr. Jones?' to Indy. He replied as, 'I like Ike'.

Here is the script of the movie,

Drop the guns, or Colonel 
Dr. Spalko is dead.


Why, Mac?

Well, what can I say, Jonesey?
I'm a capitalist, and they pay.

After all those years we spent 
spying on the Reds? I thought 
we were friends, Mac.

I've had a run of bad luck with 
the cards lately, mate. Awful. 
Bloody awful. I can't go home 
empty-handed again.

No defiant last words, Dr. Jones?

I like lke.

What does 'I like Ike' mean in this particular context?

Why does Indy say like that?

  • On the atomic bomb in the Indiana Jones and the Crystal skull, It says "I like Ike" So is this the Ike that Indiana Jones is referring to? – user29802 Jan 12 '16 at 21:09

Irina Spalko was a KGB operative communist working for the Soviet Union. She was attempting to obtain the Crystal Skull in order to give the USSR an advantage over the Americans.

Ike was a nickname for President Dwight D. Eisenhower, staunch opponent of communism. "I like Ike" was one of his campaign slogans.

From the screenplay:

The barrel of Mac’s gun, pointing directly at Indy’s head.
INDY (cont’d) Why Mac? Why? *
MAC What can I say, Jonsy, I’m a capitalist. And they paid. *
INDY After all those years we spent spying on the Reds?! I thought we were friends Mac.
SPALKO No defiant last words, Dr. Jones?
INDY I like Ike.

Indiana Jones was clearly opposed to communism, at the time President Eisenhower was the strongest force against communism. And given that Jones had just learned his friend betrayed him, he wanted to show that he was still loyal American.

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    In case it is not clear, Ike was a nickname for Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was U.S. president from 1953 to 1961. The slogan appeared on some campaign buttons when he ran. Ike was a nickname for the whole Eisenhower family when he and his siblings were young. Eventually the others no longer used it and Dwight D. was the only one left with it. – wallyk May 16 '13 at 5:43
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    "I like Ike" campaign commercial: livingroomcandidate.org/commercials/1952 – ThomasW Feb 22 '16 at 1:44
  • Wow. The whole scene just got a lot better by understanding this piece ! – Kalissar Apr 4 '16 at 10:29

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