Friday, November 14, 2008

Why the President Elect is Cool

Far from being a political post, I just had to take the cue from Mark Bruno's polit-blog, Left of Center, for a wholly fun and non-partisan look at some interesting bits of Obama trivia. The Telegraph in London just published a list of 50 facts you might not know about Barack Obama.

The points that I found interesting (and relatable):
  • He collects Spider-Man and Conan the Barbarian comics
    [geek in the White House - sweet!]

  • He has read every Harry Potter book
    [see above]

  • He worked in a Baskin-Robbins ice cream shop as a teenager
    [so did I!]
  • He can speak Spanish
    Habla EspaƱol - un poquito]
  • His favourite drink is black forest berry iced tea
    [an iced tea man - like me!]

  • He can bench press an impressive 200lbs
    [an actually strong president!]

  • His favourite book is Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
    [well-read in classic American lit]

  • His desk in his Senate office once belonged to Robert Kennedy
    [nice legacy]

  • His favourite films are Casablanca and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
    [good taste in film]
  • He applied to appear in a black pin-up calendar while at Harvard but was rejected by the all-female committee
    [who's laughing now, bitches?]

  • His favourite music includes Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, Bach and The Fugees
    [eclectic = good]

  • He enjoys playing Scrabble and poker
    [so do I!]

  • As a teenager he took drugs including marijuana and cocaine
    [as do a lot of teens - better to acknowledge past mistakes and learn from them than to deny]

  • He hates the youth trend for trousers which sag beneath the backside
    [so do I!]

  • He drives a Ford Escape Hybrid, having ditched his gas-guzzling Chrysler 300
    [as SUVs go, not a bad example to set]

  • He has his hair cut once a week by his Chicago barber, Zariff, who charges $21
    [about what a lot of regular guys pay for a haircut]
  • His favourite fictional television programs are MASH and The Wire
    [again, good taste]

  • He plans to install a basketball court in the White House grounds
    [right ON!]

  • His favourite artist is Pablo Picasso
    [aesthetically open-minded]

I think this kind of stuff is pretty cool. I like being able to identify with the dude representing me. Okay, back to the regular post-election non-political blog...

1 comment:

Lucy Leadskin said...

I *knew* there were a whole bunch of reasons I like this guy! :D