Was Barack Obama ahead of his time in 2008? Did he predict what kinds of shows and movies would be popular today? We took a look at an interview he did way back in 2008 and he discussed how he feels about superheroes, American Idol, HGTV, and more,. Now with him ready leave the White House in a few short months, these kind of questions are more relevant than ever.
Turns out that Obama may have in fact had a crystal ball in talking about heroes like Batman and Spiderman. Here are some highlights from the interview.
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.
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.
What’s amazing is that not a whole lot has changed in the last 8 years. At least TV wise. As for our country, I won’t get into that.