Obama Talks Movies, TV Shows and Superheroes


“Yeah I heard what he said. But I’m afraid of what I might do to him if I turn around.”

Entertainment Weekly recently ran a rather interesting interview with Barack Obama that focused on what movies, music, TV shows and video games float his presidential boat. Now with him ready to take office in a few short months, these kind of questions are more relevant than ever. See some highlights after the jump:

On movies:

For instance, who’s your favorite movie or TV president?

You know who was a great movie president?Jeff Bridges in The Contender. That was a great movie president. He was charming and essentially an honorable person, but there was a rogue about him. The way he would order sandwiches — he was good at that.

What’s the last movie you saw in a theater?

Oh, goodness. It’s almost certainly a children’s movie. The last few times I’ve gone it’s been with my kids. I’m trying to think back — maybe Shrek 3?

What’d you think of it?

Not as good as the original.

What was the first film you remember seeing as a kid?

I don’t remember the first movie, but I can tell you that one of the first was Born Free. I remember that movie having an impact on me. I think I may have teared up at the end when they release [the lioness] Elsa. I couldn’t have been more than 4 or 5, but I remember choking up on that.

On TV:

What about TV shows? What shows were you passionate about as a child?

You know, I grew up in the golden age of sitcoms. I think M*A*S*H was probably my favorite. Michelle’s favorite is The Dick Van Dyke Show, which she sometimes now watches [in reruns]. I have to say The Dick Van Dyke Show ranks right up there.

Who controls the remote in your house —you or Michelle?

I usually have some clout when it comes to the remote. I’m not home a lot, so Michelle is usually willing to give it up. The only time I grab for the remote is when a game is on.

So neither of you are fascists when it comes to the remote…

If I tell her, ”Sweetie, we’ve got game 5 of the NBA finals on,” she’s willing to give me a little slack. Most of the time, though, the TV is on HGTV, and I suffer that silently.

Are there any shows you two argue about?

She likes American Idol, her and the girls, in a way that I don’t entirely get.

On video games:

What’s the last videogame you played?

Pong. That gives you a sense of my age. I loved that game.

On the most important question ever:

Last question, and the fate of the Republic hangs on your answer: If you could be any superhero, which superhero would you be?

I was always into the Spider-Man/Batman model. The guys who have too many powers, like Superman, that always made me think they weren’t really earning their superhero status. It’s a little too easy. Whereas Spider-Man and Batman, they have some inner turmoil. They get knocked around a little bit.

Read the entire interview over at EW.