Sunday, October 24, 2010

By The Time We Got To The Statehouse We Were 60,000 Strong And Everywhere Were The Signs of A Celebration (Dredging Up The Past Part VIII)

(The election coming up a week from Tuesday is being hyped as an important one for both major parties.  The GOP has dreams of taking over Congress, and the Democrats want to prevent that from happening.  In order to forestall losing his tenuous legislative majority, President Barack Obama has been on a last minute, whirlwind get-out-the-vote tour across the nation and sometime last week, he stopped here in Columbus, Ohio.  While I didn't make it out to see him this time, I did attend his last minute rally on the grounds of the Ohio Statehouse two days before the election that voted him into office two years ago. The next day, I wrote about the event for the Sunday Comix blog.  What does a political rally have to do with comic books, you might ask?  I managed to make the connection.  Read on to find out how.)
Did you know that the next President of the United States of America is only two inches tall?
Or so he appeared to me at the Barack Obama rally at the Ohio Statehouse yesterday. It could be, of course, due to the fact that I was quite far from the speaker's platform. In a crowd of 60,000, however, I suppose I was lucky to have been able to see him at all.
I am, either by nature or due to certain events in my past life, if not a full blown cynic then at least a dedicated skeptic, and while I did vote early for Obama, I didn't quite buy the whole hope and change message. Until yesterday. Perhaps it was because I was surrounded by 60,000 cheering true believers, or maybe it was something about actually hearing what was, to be honest, mostly the standard issue stump speech that he has delivered hundreds of times and I've heard most of on the news, in person and from the man himself. I can't really say, but by the end of the rally, I had, to quote a sketch from Saturdays SNL, "drunk the Obama Kool-Aid." I wish I could vote for him all over again. Hopefully, I will be able to vote to re-elect him in four years.
Anyway, this is supposed to be a comics blog, so I'm going to connect this to comics presently.
The 60,000 attendance figure, more than twice what had been expected, comes from National Public Radio's All Things Considered. The NPR correspondant also noted Obama's muffed attempt to reach out to the geek vote. Challenging his opponents self-styled image as a "maverick," the candidate repeated his charge that John McCain voted with George Bush over 90% of the time on economic issues, saying that McCain was more a sidekick than a maverick, "like Kato with the Green Lantern." The NPR reporter correctly pointed out, and I got as he said it, that Kato was, in fact, the sidekick of the Green Hornet.
This gaffe, is in an odd way, reassuring. After all, the POTUS has more important things to do than read comic books, especially super-hero comics.  I bet Dubya knows the difference between the Green Hornet and the Green Lantern, although I picture him as more of an Image comics reader. I can picture him, in the summer of 2001, poring over every detail of the latest issue of Spawn or The Savage Dragon while the now infamous briefing paper entitled "Bin Laden Determined to Strike Targets Inside US" languished unread in the bottom drawer of his desk beneath a half-eaten bag of stale Cheetos.
I end this rant with a reminder--no--an admonition to all of you to get out and VOTE!

1 comment:

  1. If anything, Dubya strikes me as a Youngblood reader.