Idol Chatter

Idol Chatter


McCain and Obama’s Favorite Superheroes

posted by Douglas Howe

batmanpicforic.jpgPresumed presidential nominees John McCain and Barack Obama have revealed their favorite pop culture icons, including superheroes, with McCain favoring Batman and Obama, Spider-Man and Batman, according to Reuters.
I find myself asking two glaring questions:
1. Was this a light story about what candidates prefer or will it actually influence the vote in our ever-shallowing nation?
2. Were the candidates authentic?
Ever since politics became more about show, sound-bites, one-liners and smart photo ops than about issues, I think just about anything we read about these guys has the chance of being as believable as their plans to fix Iraq, the economy, and the oil crisis. Obama makes a hoop shot. McCain hugs a soldier. Obama dresses casual to appear youthful with kids. McCain dons a cap to be hip with that day’s audience. Obama says he likes Spider-Man and McCain says he likes Batman. Or, do their campaign wonks just fill out the survey and send it back?
Obama is quoted as liking Spidey and the Caped Crusader because “they have some inner turmoil.” McCain articulates a preference for Batman because he “pursues justice against insurmountable odds.” Heck, these sound like veiled references to the men’s respective identities as racial revolutionary and war hero.


McCain’s response also said he liked ABBA (whose music is conveniently featured in a current hit movie) while reaching out and mentioning Usher, whom he met while doing Saturday Night Live. Obama, reaching out to McCain’s generation, mentioned Frank Sinatra among his favorites. Further, Obama listed older generation shows like “M*A*S*H*” and “The Dick Van Dyke Show” while McCain names more recent shows like “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Dexter.” Obama’s favorite actor playing the President? White guy Jeff Bridges. McCain’s? African-American Dennis Haysbert.
It’d be nice if these were authentic responses, but whether it’s called politicotainment or enterpolitics, there sure seems to be enough cross-over that makes me hesitant to trust–or care–much about the daily stories such as these. I find it more believable that someone in the campaign handled the survey request, and the candidates read about their tastes on the plane to their next campaign stop.
Gosh, do I sound too cynical?



  • lynn

    Who cares who their favorite superhero is? The media must be desparate for news. It seems a little pathetic that with all of the things going on in the world right now that this should even come up.
    Who even thinks of this stuff??!! It definitely will not sway my vote.
    It might have if either one of them would have said “Why?”.

  • Fatima

    Dear Lord it was an Entertainment Weekly interview. Are McCain and Obama not allowed to have any sort of fun until the election? Jeez just….gah

Previous Posts

'Left Behind' is Fast Approaching
[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GrXe8YDbzYs[/youtube] Many are getting excited as “Left Behind” is fast approaching theaters based on the best-selling books by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye. The film stars Nicolas Cage, Chad Michael Murray, Jordan Sparks, and Lea Thompson, whose c

posted 4:18:05pm Sep. 17, 2014 | read full post »

Documentary ‘The Boomer List’ Highlights American Achievements
19 American luminaries of the baby boom years (1946-1964) share their personal stories and achievements in the inspiring documentary, The Boomer List. Part of the American Masters series on PBS, The Boomer List invites viewers into the lives of a generation that were present during poignant momen

posted 12:37:10pm Sep. 17, 2014 | read full post »

Tim Tebow Signs On To Inspire With GMA
Doesn't look like Tim Tebow will be returning to the NFL anytime soon. ABC released a press releasing stating that starting Monday, September 15th Tebow will launch the program's "Motivate Me Monday" series. The program will highlight amazing people and their inspirational stories of triumph and ove

posted 8:33:58am Sep. 12, 2014 | read full post »

What Does Oprah Know For Sure?
Oprah Winfrey has become more than just a successful talk-show host, she is a legendary figure that everyone admires. Her heartfelt words of wisdom are felt within every interview and her mission statements are clear no matter what charity she is involved in. The one question that baffled even Opr

posted 10:07:15am Sep. 11, 2014 | read full post »

Exclusive Trailer of The Good Lie
The Good Lie is a movie about the human spirit. Faith helps the Sudan refugees forge past the challenges that they are facing on their journey and provides them with the hope necessary to move forward. Reese Witherspoon plays Carrie Davis, an agent for an employment agency, who is assisting the Suda

posted 4:20:27pm Sep. 10, 2014 | read full post »




Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.