Skip to comments.[President-elect] Obama to boldly go where no geek has gone before
Posted on 12/24/2008 11:41:54 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Get ready for the geek-in-chief.
President-elect Barack Obama used to collect comic books, can't part with his BlackBerry, and once flashed Leonard "Mr. Spock" Nimoy the Vulcan "Live Long and Prosper" sign.
That and other evidence has convinced some of Obama's nerdier fans that he'll be the first American president to show distinct signs of geekiness. And that's got them as excited as a Tribble around a Klingon.
Obama is good at "repressing his inner geek, but you can tell it's there," especially when he goes into nuanced explanations of technical_matters, said Benjamin Nugent, author of the book "American Nerd: The Story of My People."
"One imagines a terrifying rally of 'Star Trek' people shouting, 'One of us!'" Nugent said, in an interview conducted by e-mail, of course.
Others see only some geek qualities, qualifying the president-elect as merely "nerd-adjacent." After all, he's an athlete and kind of cool, some experts demur. Still, there's enough there for geeks to celebrate.
Psychology professor Larry Welkowitz of Keene_State College in New Hampshire hopefully speculated that there's a shift in what's cool and that "smart can_be in. Maybe that started with the computer programmers of the '90s. The Bill Gateses of the world are OK."
The Obama transition team would not comment on the president-elect's geek qualities, even when_it was suggested those could be positive. And his old college friends give the geek idea a split vote. While Margot Mifflin, now a journalism professor in New York, said she saw no geeky signs in Obama as a freshman at Occidental_College in California, Amiekoleh Kimbrew Usafi recalled it differently, despite the lack of technology back in 1979.
"He's a geek because he was smart," Usafi said, noting that Occidental was a geeky school to start with, billing itself as the Yale of the West.
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I was thinking more like "You will be assimilated".
And it will be "Bush's fault."
Note for future reference: Subpeona of Obama's blackberry
That the US will be branded as racist forever.
His face is in every newspaper and magazine and MULTIPLE times in different sections of each.
He dominates the internet news sites, blogs and streaming content, and even though "WE" know very little about him prior to his being elected to the Senate, he has become the savior of mankind and the perfect darling of the MSM.
His coverage is maddening and his constant presence is sickening but this 24/7 BHO bull is clearly here to stay.
As a certified geek (female type, even, which is more rare) I will unequivocally state Obama is no geek.
You need a lot more than one or two geeky interests to be a geek. And Blackberries don’t count - they’re more a business thing than a geek thing anyway.
Yeah well Occidental can "bill" itself however it likes - doesn't mean anyone else gives a rat's a## what they pretend to be. Maybe they should call themselves "the Oxford of America" to really sound prestigious..... doesn't mean anyone believes it.
Meh. I won’t believe it until I hear him sing the Lumberjack song.
This is America, give it 9 months and people will get sick of ANYthing.
“His fall will be monumental, IMO”
It will be as spectacular as the Hindenburg disaster and as costly as the sinking of the RMS Titanic.
Don’t know about that but I’ve heard rumours that he does know the Zero Wing “All Your Base Belong to Us” subtitles, so that right there is a wee bit geeky.
As a geek, I resent this.
Geeks don’t have the hubris this man represents.
Geeks don’t do coke (unless it’s a cola).
Geeks don’t flip off their rivals (they may virtually attack them with a +1 mace).
“President-elect Barack Obama ... can’t part with his BlackBerry...”
subpoena the blackberry for the Blagogate thingy
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