The nerd percentage of President-elect Barack Obama continues to fire the imaginations of comics enthusiasts everywhere, even though, as pointed out in the Beat comment section by junior reporter Darren Hudak, Obama is far from the first comics-loving president.
Reagan’s favorate comic strip was Spider-Man, believe it or not, he said in more then one interview that the first thing he did in the morning was read that days installment of Spidey, he even wrote Stan a fan letter, (how frigging cool is that), Stan mentioned it in an interview sometime in the 80’s. No word on wheter he ever read the comics.
FDR was also a fan of the comics, there are pictures of him reading comic strips to kids, and one picture of him holding a Superman comic with a big smile on his face. A famous story has FDR calling a newspaper to find out how Dick Tracy was going to escape from the bad guys latest and greatest deathtrap because he simply couldn’t wait till the next installment. (Talk about being a fanboy).
There you go, the two greatest presidents of the last century, both COMICS NERDS. Far from adding to an image as a mouth-breaking, anorak-wearing loser, the idea of reading comics has been a great leveler for the men in the White House — evidently sharing the concerns of common folk just like real peeps is a political plus. So maybe we will hear Obama talk about the Superman soon.
Anyway, in addition to his verified comic book reading past, the leftie Obama (left-HANDED) also likes to doodle. One man purchased this senatorial scribble at a charity auction:
Some intense bidding drove the final price up to $2,075, and Berzon later learned he had been bidding against television actress Gillian Anderson of “The X Files,” whose family is deeply involved with the charity.
But Berzon said he figured he still had a bargain in securing the doodle of the announced presidential contender.
Just to complete the “Is Obama a nerd?” news cycle for the day, here’s some picture of Obama posing with the now-iconic Alex Ross T-shirt, which we nicked from Lee Hester’s email newsletter.