What would you say to YOUR troops?
If they were cold, hungry, dispirited, massively outnumbered and about to go into battle?
"Try hard" - "Do your best" - "You got this" and other 21st century soundbites would be unlikely to cut it.
That's what Rocky would want to find out from George Washington in his funky thinkers time machine.
Plus - when trying to pick your way through the chaos that is life - think of the question
"Will this be as important today as it will be tomorrow?"
Al Pacino would play Rocky in a film.
(Plus being an Italian American, Rocky was once asked if he was on witness protection...)