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Barack Obama Dropping Comic Knowledge

At his speech at the Al Smith charity dinner, Barack Obama dropped references not only to Mad Magazine’s Alfred E. Neuman, but to Krypton and Jor-El!

Check it out!

Thanks to Jonah Weiland for the heads up!

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We love you President Superman!

If he doesn’t win, I want to nominate him as the next Oscar host.

He’s funnier than any of the presenters I can remember in recent memory.

That’s not saying much.

You don’t have to be a comic fan to know any of those.

The next president is a guy who makes Superman jokes. That made me smile more than anything else today.

Does that make McCain Lex Luthor?

Tell Obama that if he replaces Didio with Mark Waid at DC, he’s got my vote! ;)

“You don’t have to be a comic fan to know any of those.”

No one said he was a comic fan. The title says “comic KNOWLEDGE”.

You fail.

“Does that make McCain Lex Luthor?”

Definitely! Although, when he smiles, he reminds me of Dr. Sivana.

Okay, why does the fact that the dinner is named for Al Smith appear as “breaking news?” No one knew that before?

I know McCain doesn’t use any comic book references, but for those interested in his routine, you can find it here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/27231593#27231593 (because someone is eventually going to complain that it’s not here)

T, I assume that the dinner itself is the breaking news, and the Al Smith info is for those who wish Pop Up video had taken greater hold in the media.

Recently when he appeared on NPR’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, Leonard Nimoy said that Obama once gave him the vulcan salute, too. Obama’s a fellow geek! :-)

I know McCain doesn’t use any comic book references, but for those interested in his routine, you can find it here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/27231593#27231593 (because someone is eventually going to complain that it’s not here)

This is a comics blog, if he didn’t use comic references in his speech I doubt anyone would complain about it not being included.

I’m not saying they’d be right to complain. People just complain about bizarre things, especially when it comes to politics. And grammar.

I personally think McCain works better as the Parasite, trying to get close to Obama so he can drain his precious energy. He’s too off the cuff to really work as Luthor.

Tell Obama that if he replaces Didio with Mark Waid at DC, he’s got my vote!

Please, no, the line-wide hokiness would be unbearable. I’d love Palmiotti and Gray in charge of editorial though.

I’m going to vote for Obama, but that said, McCain was funnier at that dinner. John McCain actually has a really sharp sense of humor; if they’d let him show his real personality during this campaign, he’d be doing a lot better, I think.

I got my vote in today for Obama.

wow. who knew obama was so funny!

i really enjoyed that, thanks for posting

CBrown: Let’s be fair here…McCain’s writers were funnier than Obama’s writers (Though I thought Obama’s Guilani segment was the funniest thing of the nite).

“if they’d let him show his real personality during this campaign, he’d be doing a lot better, I think.”

If they’d let him show his real personality, he’d be calling everybody a cunt and flying off the handle, left and right.

I’m not sure if McCain’s jokes were actually funnier or if his delivery was just better. However I enjoyed both speeches very much and it’s good to see that candidates can take a joke (or at least pretend to).

I doubt they wrote their own speeches.

If Obama has comic knowledge then why didn’t he acknowledge that his only true competitor for President was recently in Spiderman? That being, Steve Colbert.

Sorry, there’s no way McCain was better. His lines were decent and I thought the end where he built Obama up really highly was genuinely funny, but Obama was hilarious AND from the heart about a lot of stuff that’s being said, not just pandering to supporters like McCain’s cracks about MSNBC and Acorn. I especially liked his comments about his name (“Swahili for ‘that one’”, “Barack Steve Obama”) and Fox News’ revelation that he fathered two African American children in wedlock. Hilarious, true and slightly poignant. The entire “who is Barack Obama?” riff was just classic (“it’s right there on my Facebook page”), made even better for the great Superman joke. It also seemed like he wrote his own lines a little more than McCain.

Joe the Plumber

October 17, 2008 at 5:37 pm

I doubt very much that either Obama or McCain are comic book fans. Superman, Alfred E. Neuman and Mr. Spock are all well-known pop-culture icons from a better time in American entertainment history. If you asked these politicians if they had read the latest installment of “Civil War”, I’m sure they would have no idea you were referring to a (very bad) Marvel comic, but would, rather, think you were talking about something related to the real U.S. Civil War. And if Obama or any other politician had nothing better to do with his time than to read the kind of crap that Marvel and DC have been publishing for the last twenty-five-plus years, I for one wouldn’t even consider voting for him. It’s a pretty safe bet, too, that the Superman Obama was referencing in his speech wasn’t any of the lousy modern-day versions, but was probably (like Jerry Seinfeld’s preference also) something more akin to the classic Curt Swan version.

Again, nobody said “comic fan”.

If Obama has comic knowledge then why didn’t he acknowledge that his only true competitor for President was recently in Spiderman? That being, Steve Colbert.

The only thing Colbert’s in the running for is the most overrated comedian in history award. How a guy spun one joke, barely good enough for a recurring SNL sketch, into a career is truly impressive.

@T

It worked for Sean Hannity.

Lawrence, I think Hannity and O’Reilly are one-note jokes too. And are horribly overrated. But Colbert is just jumping on their coattails and being a one-note parody of a shtick that’s practically a one-note parody of itself to begin with. Those guys are so over the top that they’ve basically become a parody of themselves. So a guy whose whole career is dedicated to sarcastically mocking them does not impress me as much as it seems his easily amused fan.

It’s the comedic equivalent of a guy publishing a comic series solely dedicated to mocking All-Star Batman or something. Just too easy a target.

Conservatives have ruled the country on all levels for the best part of a decade while Liberals have run in circles. We’re angry at what Bush and co. have done to America. Colbert is popular because it appeals to how angry we Liberals are, by mocking Conservatives. If Obama wins, expect Colbert to gradually lose most of his appeal.

“If they’d let him show his real personality, he’d be calling everybody a cunt and flying off the handle, left and right.”

Come on, he doesn’t call everyone a cunt. Just his wife.

MCain drops comic knowledge too, he is always referencing the super friends..in every speech he mentions them. Altho i think hes talking about his special friendship with Gleek-the blue aids monkey.

2 comics references and one use of the word awesome.

Just when did the Obama campaign hire Chris Sims?

This site was able to build off of the idea and actually use Superman as Obama… and it was shocking who they decided to use as McCain!

http://www.supertuesday.opensourcecomedy.net

Mychael Darklighter

July 30, 2012 at 4:44 pm

t, do you like anything?
it just seems everything anyone anywhere likes is ‘overrated’ w/you.

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