Monday, August 11, 2008

Presidential Pop Culture Preferences: McCain as Batman, Obama as Spider-Man?

Entertainment Weekly has an interesting feature in this week's issue where a reporter asked Senators and presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama about their pop culture preferences. Aside from identifying McCain as Batman and Obama as Spider-Man, other observations from the article:

Their favorite fictional presidents: McCain picked 24's David Palmer (in the show, he was portrayed as the first African-American president), while Obama went with Jeff Bridges in the movie The Contender. What, no love for The West Wing's President Jed Bartlet?

Their families have voted for an American Idol: McCain's wife Cindy has voted for Arizona's Jordin Sparks. Obama's girls voted for David Archuleta, the magazine reported.

Their TVs are frequently tuned to: McCain watches Seinfeld repeats, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Dexter, The Wire and Big Love, which he said is one of his wife's favorites. Obama says his 7- and 10-year-old daughters frequently watch the Disney Channel and Nickelodeon (Hannah Montana, Drake & Josh, That's So Raven, SpongeBob SquarePants, the last one Obama says he finds "pretty funny") while his wife Michelle puts on HGTV ("I suffer that silently") and he makes the case for sports and ESPN.

The last movie they saw in the movie theaters: McCain saw the latest Indiana Jones flick ("I enjoyed that so much. The old guy wins.") and Obama saw Shrek 3 with the kids.

When asked what superhero they'd be if they could choose any: McCain said Batman because, "[H]e does justice sometimes and against insurmountable odds. And he doesn't make his good works known to a lot of people, so a lot of people think he's just a rich playboy." Obama says: "I was always into the Spider-Man/Batman model. The guys who have too many powers, like Superman, that always makes me think they weren't really earning their superhero status. It's a little too easy."

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