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Why didn’t anyone tell me… November 17, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — alsys @ 1:24 pm

that Barack was a geek?!? According to newsweek:

  • He reads, no, collects, London’s Telegraph reported, Spider-Man and Conan the Barbarbian.
  • He may or may not collect Harry Potter books, but according to the Telegraph, he’s read them. All of them.
  • Per an account in Newsweek, at a campaign rally in May in Iowa, he walked up to wife Michelle’s belt buckle, tapped it and said, “The lithium crystals! Beam me up, Scotty!” (It’s unclear if Obama, or Newsweek, confused lithium for the essential Star Trek component, dilithium.)
  • According to the New York Post, he once greeted Leonard Nimoy with the Vulcan “live long and prosper” salute.
  • At a black-tie roast in October, he revealed his secret identity (and his more than passing familarlity with the Superman legend), announcing, “I was actually born on Krypton, and sent here by my father Jor-El to save the planet Earth.” 
  • In Ohio on the weekend before Election Day, he accused John McCain of being Kato to President Bush’s Green Lantern. (One minus point for mixing up Green Lantern with Kato’s real boss, the Green Hornet. One bonus point pulling the somewhat-obscure Lantern out of his apparently hero-stuffed memory banks.)
  • In 2006, he posed, arms akimbo, in front of the Superman statue in Metropolis, Illinois.
  • In the biggest geek move of all, he posted the Superman picture on his Senate website.


Taken on the whole, Obama’s leanings beg the question: How long before he calls out Terence Stamp for Gen. Zod’s assault on the White House in Superman II?

“I don’t know if it’s another sign of geeks inheriting the earth,” says Liz Walsh, artist of the online comic the Tao of Geek. “But I definitely think it’s become a more mainstream, acceptable hobby.”

I mean, anyone who knows me knows that geekhood DEFINITELY trumps political ideology!


5 Responses to “Why didn’t anyone tell me…”

  1. Tryangle Says:

    Bonus points to Obama for embracing his geekhood.

  2. Now I like the man even more. Fellow geek and all.

  3. Urchin Says:


  4. Uncle Elvis Says:


    Personally, I think that the mistakes were intentional. There’s nothing geeks like more than to correct something like this!

    There’s also nothing more endearing to geeks than someone who makes the effort!


  5. Uncle Elvis Says:

    Speaking of, did you see the Obama pic Alex Ross did?

    A geeks ultimate dream!

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