[Guest post by DRJ]
CNN’s Political Ticker previews an article from tomorrow’s Entertainment Weekly that reveals the candidates’ favorite superhero. It turns out they both like Batman (Obama likes Batman and Spiderman) but for very different reasons:
“He does justice sometimes against insurmountable odds,” McCain said of the comic book hero. “And he doesn’t make his good works known to a lot of people.”
For his part, Obama told the magazine he would like to be Batman and Spider Man because “they have some inner turmoil.”
“They get knocked around a little bit,” observed Obama.”
These strike me as characteristic generational responses — McCain is outward-focused and concerned about doing the right thing, while Obama is introspective and concerned about the vagaries and meaning of life.
Or not. Maybe I’m overanalyzing it.
In any event, EW should have asked whether McCain and Obama prefer Adam West’s Batman or the more modern portrayals by actors like George Clooney, Michael Keaton, and Christian Bale. Now that would be revealing.
The Political Ticker link also includes McCain’s pick for his favorite TV or movie President. The follow-up question is interesting.