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[President-elect] Obama to boldly go where no geek has gone before
KBCI-TV / The Associated Press ^ | December 24, 2008 | Seth Borenstein

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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He is truly all things to all people. His fall will be monumental, IMO.
1 posted on 12/24/2008 11:41:54 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"One imagines a terrifying rally of 'Star Trek' people shouting, 'One of us!'"

I was thinking more like "You will be assimilated".

2 posted on 12/24/2008 11:47:39 AM PST by Brett66 (Where government advances, and it advances relentlessly , freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
His fall will be monumental, IMO.

And it will be "Bush's fault."

3 posted on 12/24/2008 11:48:05 AM PST by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
President-elect Barack Obama ... can't part with his BlackBerry...

Note for future reference: Subpeona of Obama's blackberry

4 posted on 12/24/2008 11:48:40 AM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll)
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To: TLI

That the US will be branded as racist forever.


5 posted on 12/24/2008 11:51:49 AM PST by villagerjoel (1984 was not supposed to be an instruction manual!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
BHO has yet to take office and he is the subject of virtually everything that is newsworthy and most of which aren't.

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.

6 posted on 12/24/2008 11:52:56 AM PST by PISANO
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


8 posted on 12/24/2008 11:57:30 AM PST by JenB
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To: 2ndDivisionVet


9 posted on 12/24/2008 11:58:09 AM PST by vietvet67
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"Usafi said, noting that Occidental was a geeky school to start with, billing itself as the Yale of the West.

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.

10 posted on 12/24/2008 12:01:15 PM PST by Enchante (Bernie Madoff Learned His Investment Strategy from our Social Security System!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Meh. I won’t believe it until I hear him sing the Lumberjack song.


11 posted on 12/24/2008 12:06:42 PM PST by Moose Burger
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To: PISANO

This is America, give it 9 months and people will get sick of ANYthing.


12 posted on 12/24/2008 12:11:13 PM PST by omega4179 (Ramos and Compean)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“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.


13 posted on 12/24/2008 12:22:13 PM PST by DarthVader (Liberal Democrats are the party of EVIL whose time of judgment has come.)
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To: vietvet67
Photobucket
14 posted on 12/24/2008 12:24:22 PM PST by Names Ash Housewares (Refusing to kneel before the socialist messiah. 1-20-13 Freedom Day.)
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To: Moose Burger

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.


15 posted on 12/24/2008 12:26:29 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: PISANO
Some guy has a Blackberry and they decide he's a certified geek ... The cult force is in foll swing ... willing to believe anything with virtually nothing to back it up ... nor do they even know much about him ... this is mass hysteria ... and it's worthy of:


16 posted on 12/24/2008 12:28:56 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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).


17 posted on 12/24/2008 12:31:06 PM PST by edge10 (Obama lied, babies died!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“President-elect Barack Obama ... can’t part with his BlackBerry...”

subpoena the blackberry for the Blagogate thingy


18 posted on 12/24/2008 12:39:28 PM PST by Ancient Drive (will)
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To: Ancient Drive

The data is all collected at the gate anyways, these days.


19 posted on 12/24/2008 12:41:37 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: vietvet67

20 posted on 12/24/2008 12:50:48 PM PST by reagan_fanatic (Resist the Obamination!)
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To: reagan_fanatic

lol. good one..


21 posted on 12/24/2008 12:53:19 PM PST by vietvet67
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"We need Star Trek more than ever"

 

22 posted on 12/24/2008 12:53:26 PM PST by JoJo Gunn (Help control the kook population. Have them spayed or neutered.)
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To: JenB

You are Sooooo correct, he is not a Geek.

But he is a lying Marxist phoney.


23 posted on 12/24/2008 12:54:02 PM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Where’s the pic of Hussein-the-left-wing-Socialist-geek on his bicycle?


24 posted on 12/24/2008 12:56:40 PM PST by DocH (Hussein Obama: Leader of an America-Hating Socialist /Black Nationalist Sleeper Cell)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

>>And that’s got them as excited as a Tribble around a Klingon.

I hope the author of this story realizes that tribbles HATE Klingons.

So I’m about as excited about BHO as a tribble around a Klingon, but I’m sure that the tingly-legged journalist that wrote the story isn’t.


25 posted on 12/24/2008 12:58:24 PM PST by Bryanw92
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To: Bryanw92
Geek implies wattage, not hubris, so I don't think geek's accurate.

Maybe, "dork" is a better fit?

Just thinking out loud.

26 posted on 12/24/2008 1:04:20 PM PST by elk
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Thanks for the swell article on another facet of the Obama Wonder, but I've already had my fill of hero-worshop today.

So, I'll pass and go watch out my window for Santa Claus. He's much more real than Obama and besides, I and my great-grandchildren won't have to pay for the presents he brings everybody else.

27 posted on 12/24/2008 1:30:59 PM PST by Gritty (I have become a symbol of the possibility of America returning to our best traditions-Obama)
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To: PISANO

I heard an ad on the radio this morning. “I can’t believe Barack Obama finally became president.” You, too, can order your commerative DVD. It’s highly creepy.


28 posted on 12/24/2008 2:19:15 PM PST by HungarianGypsy
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
And that's got them as excited as a Tribble around a Klingon.

Romulan, you idiot.

29 posted on 12/24/2008 2:19:16 PM PST by Excellence ("There is no such thing as multi-culturalism in Saudi Arabia." Mark Steyn)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

FAKE geek.


30 posted on 12/24/2008 3:30:31 PM PST by Right Wing Assault (What's Obama's Secret?)
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To: springtime4hillary

I agree, I basically have quit the news including Fox. Maybe 10 minutes per week at the most


31 posted on 12/24/2008 3:47:06 PM PST by mel
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To: Names Ash Housewares
I don't know if he's a geek, nerd, whatever, I do know he is mentally ill, ugly, dangerous and very gay acting. Photobucket
32 posted on 12/24/2008 4:12:47 PM PST by KellyM37
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I still visualize Obama being DQ’d from serving as President for not being a natural born American citizen.

http://www.rallycongress.com/constitutional-qualification/1244


33 posted on 12/24/2008 5:45:25 PM PST by real_patriotic_american
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He was played up as a studly radical in his books, and an articulate speaker in the press (ums and uhs and ending his words in in’ instead of ing were redacted).

First I’m hearing about how he collected comic books. He moved around from Hawaii to Indonesia and back. Generally people didn’t keep such things in a transitory lifestyle.

And for the record, Bill Clinton also claimed to have a comic collection.


34 posted on 12/24/2008 6:48:22 PM PST by weegee ("Let Me Just Cut You Off, Because I Don't Want You To Waste Your Question" - B.Obama Dec 16, 2008)
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To: Enchante

“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.”

Doesn’t Yale bill itself as the Occidental of the East?


35 posted on 12/24/2008 10:45:40 PM PST by GoodDay (Palin for POTUS 2012)
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To: Gritty
Merry Christmas Greetings Gritty:

So, I'll pass and go watch out my window for Santa Claus. He's much more real than Obama and besides, I and my great-grandchildren won't have to pay for the presents he brings everybody else.

Excellent summary of 0bama, the empty suit.

Christmas Cheers,
OLA

36 posted on 12/25/2008 12:00:22 AM PST by OneLoyalAmerican (Palin 2012)
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To: GoodDay

The definition of Occidental:

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/occidental

From several points it can be considered ironic that Barack Hussein Obama attended that institution.


37 posted on 12/25/2008 8:35:30 AM PST by ronnyquest ("Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not." -- Thomas Jefferson)
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To: PISANO

Welcome to the cult of personality.


38 posted on 12/25/2008 8:45:43 AM PST by Weird Tolkienish Figure
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
His fall will be monumental, IMO.

IMO, the happiest person on the planet is none other than Jimmah Carter.

Finally, someone's come along that will prove to be a bigger disaster of a President than he was.

39 posted on 12/25/2008 9:10:40 AM PST by usconservative (My Plan For Government Reform: Hangings on Thursday, Trials on Friday.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I just think it is a shame America elected an illegal alien as President.


40 posted on 12/25/2008 2:54:43 PM PST by 2harddrive (...House a TOTAL Loss.....)
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