Each week for Poplitico we look at a “political” moment in comics or a “geeky” moment in politics. During a White House manufacturing innovation event, President Obama joked that it was really an announcement that we’re building Iron Man. Again, the President in Geek shows off his nerd cred. It’s a pretty funny moment and worth the watch.
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Geeks heads exploded yesterday as President Obama, our Commander in Geek, merged his Star Wars with Star Trek by saying the he can’t perform a “Jedi mind meld” to get Republicans to agree to a sequester deal.
I’ve posted about the President’s geek cred before. The man collected Spider-Man and Conan comics and seemed to generally get his pop culture references. But this slip adds a little burnish to the luster. As the Washington Post points out, this hurts his nerd cred. This is after the internet winning response to a petition to build a real life Death Star.
Today the President is likely to pick of and chuck a basketball, not some dice. When the President heads to enjoy the outdoors, it’s for golf, not the L.A.R.P. He’s attacked video games numerous times in attempts to score political points. This is a President that embraces nerdom when it’s a good photo-op but seems to fumble when it comes to soundbites.
The White House new media team hopped on the goof and #jedimindmeld became a popular hashtag on Twitter. The White House released this, hyping their side on the sequester fight.
But the fun wasn’t just to be had by the President and his team. The RNC tweeted:
Through their petition system “We the People,” 34,435 people requested the White House and President Obama put in an effort to fund and build a Death Star. “We the People” has rules, such as if a petition gets 25,000 signatures, a White House official will respond. In a post entitled “This Isn’t the Petition Response You’re Looking For” Paul Shawcross, the Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget, got that honor. Here’s the post in full:
Official White House Response to Secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016.
This Isn’t the Petition Response You’re Looking For
By Paul Shawcross
The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn’t on the horizon. Here are a few reasons:
- The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000. We’re working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it.
- The Administration does not support blowing up planets.
- Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?
However, look carefully (here’s how) and you’ll notice something already floating in the sky — that’s no Moon, it’s a Space Station! Yes, we already have a giant, football field-sized International Space Station in orbit around the Earth that’s helping us learn how humans can live and thrive in space for long durations. The Space Station has six astronauts — American, Russian, and Canadian — living in it right now, conducting research, learning how to live and work in space over long periods of time, routinely welcoming visiting spacecraft and repairing onboard garbage mashers, etc. We’ve also got two robot science labs — one wielding a laser — roving around Mars, looking at whether life ever existed on the Red Planet.
Keep in mind, space is no longer just government-only. Private American companies, through NASA’s Commercial Crew and Cargo Program Office (C3PO), are ferrying cargo — and soon, crew — to space for NASA, and are pursuing human missions to the Moon this decade.
Even though the United States doesn’t have anything that can do the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs, we’ve got two spacecraft leaving the Solar System and we’re building a probe that will fly to the exterior layers of the Sun. We are discovering hundreds of new planets in other star systems and building a much more powerful successor to the Hubble Space Telescope that will see back to the early days of the universe.
We don’t have a Death Star, but we do have floating robot assistants on the Space Station, a President who knows his way around a light saber and advanced (marshmallow) cannon, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which is supporting research on building Luke’s arm, floating droids, and quadruped walkers.
We are living in the future! Enjoy it. Or better yet, help build it by pursuing a career in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field. The President has held the first-ever White House science fairs and Astronomy Night on the South Lawn because he knows these domains are critical to our country’s future, and to ensuring the United States continues leading the world in doing big things.
If you do pursue a career in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field, the Force will be with us! Remember, the Death Star’s power to destroy a planet, or even a whole star system, is insignificant next to the power of the Force.
Paul Shawcross is Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget
Spider-Man visited President Obama at the White House. I can’t tell if the President in Geek is being captured by invisible webs or excited to meet his favorite super hero. I’m sure the webslinger had no issue getting past Secret Service.
The President has admitted to being a Spidey fan, collecting his comics as well as Conan. I wonder what he thinks of Dan Slott’s latest story arc?
(PHOTO CREDIT: Pete Souza/The White House)
We the People is the White House‘s petition site/tool that allows anyone to ask the White House policy questions, and if they reach 25,000 signatures, the White House will respond.
This particular petition was created on November 14 and asks President Obama:
Those who sign here petition the United States government to secure funding and resources, and begin construction on a Death Star by 2016.
By focusing our defense resources into a space-superiority platform and weapon system such as a Death Star, the government can spur job creation in the fields of construction, engineering, space exploration, and more, and strengthen our national defense.
Think it’ll make it to the 25,000? Better questions is how this pro-drone attack administration would respond.
The weekend was pretty quiet as far as news, but here’s some items to keep you busy for those who get the day off.
Around the Blogs
Robot 6 - Obama comics could actually evolve into something useful – An interesting look at Obama in comics.
NECN – Comic book artist showcased at WMass. museum – I want to go!
Around the Tubes Reviews
Robot 6 – Storm Dogs #1
I saw this cross my Twitter feed, but looks like our newly re-elected Commander in Geek, President Obama, is passing his love for the comic form on to his daughters. Check out the picture below, that’d be Kean Soo‘s Jellaby in the hands of the first family. The photo is from 2008, but was recently posted at the source I found it.
(photo via Buzzfeed)
As this was written before I went to bed…. is the election over with?
Around the Blogs
Comics With Problems – Good Government Comic Book – A great slice of history.
Bloomberg BusinessWeek – Superman Heirs, DC Comics Appeal Copyright Case – Definitely a case to watch.
The Guardian – America: Elect! The action-packed journey to US election day in graphic novel form – The execution is interesting but facts pretty shallow.
ComicBook – Barack Obama’s Five Strangest Comic Book Adventures – Classics all.
News Channel 12 – $19k in Stolen Comic Books Returned to Owner – Glad he got it back.
DC Women Kicking Ass – That Time Babara “Boots” Gordon Ran for Congress! – Interesting.
Around the Tubes Reviews
Bleeding Cool – Bedlam #1
The Beat – Deadpool #1
IGN – Deadpool #1
The Beat – Iron Man #1
Bleeding Cool – The Manhattan Projects #7
Bleeding Cool – Perhapanauts: Trouble Down Under #1
Spandexless – The Underwater Welder
It was a good night for politicians who are fans of comic books. Earlier we reported that Alan Grayson will be returning to Congress, having won in Florida and it seems everyone has called it for President Barack Obama to have another four more years in the White House. Gov. Romney though hasn’t conceded the election yet.
President Obama is an admitted geek, and more specifically a comic book geek. The President has admitted reading Spider-Man and Conan comic books and through various actions the man clearly appreciates sci-fi and fantasy.
Update: Democrat Colleen M. Lachowicz who was attacked by her opponent and Republicans for playing World of Warcraft also looks to be poised for victory. As of 1am she was up by 1,303 votes in the race for Martin’s Senate District 25 seat.
Update 2: Lachowicz beat Republican incumbent Thomas H. Martin Jr. by 913 votes.
That’s three for three for us geeks in this year’s election!