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tomreedtoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:45 AM
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Geekiest. President. Ever!
This is a post from a friend of mine who uses the moniker "Voice of Kiki." (Kiki is a ferret.) I asked her to post this here, for a completely different look at what Obama means.
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You can say what you like about his politics. You can discuss his plans. You can even talk about about the history he's making as our nation's first African-American president. However, there is a frequently overlooked landmark taking place today that shall be my focus.

Barack Obama will be America's first geek president.

This, I feel, deserves special mention. We'll have a geek in office. A geek leading the free world. This, my friends, is truly momentous.

That our ever-so-soon-to-be president is an unabashed geek cannot be denied. The man has a comic collection that rivals or exceeds most of ours. He has read all the Harry Potter books. He loves his Mac laptop (I'm letting this one slide). When joking about how people saw him as a savior, Obama chose not a Biblical reference but instead insisted that his father's name was Jor-El. This is a man who refused to give up his BlackBerry because he didn't want to live in a bubble of politics and respected his friends to tell him if he was acting like a fool. When he wrote an open letter to his daughters in Parade magazine, Obama couldn't help but toss in a Spider-Man reference. When Joe Biden was finally chosen as running mate, Barack Obama revealed the news not in a press conference or interview. He did it via Twitter. (I wonder if the location on his Twitter account will be updated from Chicago to DC later today.) His campaign relied heavily on grassroots efforts coordinated online. The man is "one of us."

However, I don't think it's the pop culture references and the tech savvy that really prove this. I think it is his attitude. For all the complaints people hurl in our direction for being emo or callous, I think geeks are inherently optimistic. Why else do we constantly work for change? Why else do we throw ourselves into scientific pursuits? Why else would we work to create new technologies and look beyond the stars?

Humanity is a constant disappointment to us, yes. But why is that? It is because we know that humanity can be better. We should be better. We can and should be inclusive. We can and should be willing to see past racial, religious, gender, sexual, and physical differences. We know that we can and should be a glorious light in the universe and an inspiration and example to any and all other life that may share this existence with us.

So we look to Orwell and Huxley and heed their warnings. We follow Roddenberry, Asimov, and Straczynski who teach us acceptance and tolerance. And we take the words of Lee, Eisner, and Moore who have given us our charge to be vigilant and responsible for our fellow beings. We take it all and we form a community dedicated to the belief that humanity is meant for more. Humanity can and must be better.

We have seen the Orwellian darkness threaten to consume us. And we, as a people, stood up to the darkness and said "No more!" This gives me hope.

Allow me to paraphrase Lennier speaking of Delenn in Babylon 5 (s4 ep13): Obama does not walk in the same world you and I walk in. He does not see the same world you and I see. In his world we are better than we are, we care more than we care. We act towards each other with compassion. I much prefer his world to that of my own, and I will not allow anything to threaten that.

Stephen Colbert, shortly after the election, asked how science fiction would show people that we're in the future if America really does have a black president. Well, my friends...

Welcome to the future. May it be all we know it can and should be.

Love, huggles, and hope,
Kiki
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grannie4peace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:48 AM
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1. they are telling some of the geeky things on cnn now
:hi:
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Lucky 13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:48 AM
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2. As a total geek myself, I love it!!!
And I think it's just further evidence of him representing a new generation of Americans...
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Hutzpa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:59 AM
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9. Seconded by this geeky fellow
it's an enormous amount of bliss to know this, not that I didn't
previously....ofcourse I did.

Only a geek can tell a geek.
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Jack Rabbit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:49 AM
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3. Smart ferret.
Actually, Wilson was something of a geek.
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ensho Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:51 AM
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4. months ago I said our country needed all the geeks and nerds

we could find to mend us back together again.

more power to the G/Ns
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jberryhill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 12:38 PM
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20. Just wait...

...until that "coalition of Hockey Moms and Joe Sixpacks" hears of this.

snort.
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ananda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:55 AM
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5. Obama's geek is so fucking kewl!
Never has geekdom had such a cool head.
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Commie Pinko Dirtbag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:56 AM
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6. How SF would show people that we're in the future if America really does have a black president?
Mmmm... gay? Atheist?
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Commie Pinko Dirtbag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:58 AM
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7. Oh, by the way, this has been examined before:
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mtnsnake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:59 AM
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8. Geekiest president ever? No thanks. Coolest president in a long time? Hell yes.
Something about the word "geek" just doesn't seem to apply to someone who is so cool like Obama.
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The Doctor. Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:12 AM
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12. Why not?
Geeks can be cool.
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FatDave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:14 PM
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22. Shit yes we can.
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TTUBatfan2008 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:01 AM
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10. I am very happy to have a geek President...
I'm a geek too. Completely obsessed with crap that I probably shouldn't be, such as Blu-ray and anything Apple-related. The one technology I'm not really up to speed on is the smart phone, such as Blackberry. I think it's pretty funny that Obama is trying to keep his Blackberry, but I have personally never felt a need for anything other than a regular cell phone. I'm not really a comic book reader but I am a huge fan of comic book characters. Batman and the Joker are my two favorite fictional characters ever created.
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ebdarcy Donating Member (654 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:07 AM
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11. As a geek, I must say that I am thrilled that my president is a fellow geek.
He may be the coolest geek ever, but the man is definitely a geek.
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myrna minx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:17 AM
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13. K&R for President Geek.
:toast:
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Laurab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:22 AM
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14. Stephen Colbert is a total geek, too!
I'm guessing he's really happy to have a fellow geek like Obama, as President, , Colbert is one cool geek too, but he just can't hide that "geeky" side. I'm pretty sure he called Obama a geek, and from him, it's a huge compliment!
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kenny blankenship Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:26 AM
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15. That's the Secret he's been hiding!
omigodz we've elected a NERD!
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Shiver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:31 AM
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16. Bet my comic collection is bigger...
Hail to the Geek!
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SpookyCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:48 AM
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17. Excellent!
Yeah, we can smell our own, even when they have grown up to be cool...like me of couse, I'm hyper cool, and NEVER snort when I laugh...LOL! <snort>

I think honestly that this bodes well for the country. He respects science, and I am beside myself about that.


Now if he would just go on Colbert and pick up his autographed Spiderman comic...
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Terran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 12:06 PM
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18. As a sci-fi geek, I am confident that if Obama reads sci-fi at all,
his mental horizons are far, far beyond those of the ordinary non-sci-fi reading person. GEEKS RULE!! (heh, literally!)
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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 12:15 PM
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19. Well good article, but Carter was our first Geek
Nuclear Scientists are geeks, I'm afraid
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Phoonzang Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 12:45 PM
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21. Well let's see what he does with NASA before he's declared
the geekiest EVER. ;)
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FatDave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:17 PM
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23. You know how Obama rolls?
Natural 20's. One after the other.
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starroute Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:07 PM
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24. It's not just the obvious geek 'tells' -- it's the more subtle stuff
There were two words that jumped out at me from his inaugural address -- imagination and curiosity.

Those are geek words. Those are geek virtues. Those are perhaps the qualities geeks value more than any others in themselves, and for Obama to name them in tandem with the more obvious traditional values as what we need to draw on to get ourselves out of our current fix speaks worlds to me.

Parts of the inaugural were merely conventional or even boilerplate. It's the parts that weren't that give me hope. Those two words suggest Obama knows what qualities will really bring the future into being -- and one them is saying "what if?" and the other is saying "I wonder what *this* does?"




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PatGund Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:43 PM
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25. Poing!
:-)
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