President-in-Geek Obama Mentions His Love of Comics and Spider-Man on Video
In preparation for the return to school, Scholastic had student journalists interview President Obama about topics like his reading habits growing up and the 9-11 attacks.
Below is the video excerpt where he admits (though it comes of shamefully) he read comic books growing up, and his specifically Spider-Man.
I think I was getting into, like The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, and stuff like that. And I confess that I did read comic books as well, like Spiderman was one of my favorites. And then I read what I was assigned at school.
….But by the time maybe I was Malia’s age, I was starting to read more serious books like, To Kill a Mockingbird, or some of the things that I see her reading now that made you think a little bit more. They weren’t just kind of adventure stories, but they were also stories that taught me about social problems and taught me about how people interact with each other, and how some people are kind and some people are cruel. And history sweeps them along, and people have a lot of challenges in their lives.