August 7th, 2008
02:13 PM ET
11 years ago

McCain, Obama both want to be the Dark Knight

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sens. McCain and Obama both told Entertainment Weekly that they'd like to be Batman."]
(CNN) – They may disagree about a lot of things - but Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama share an affinity for a certain dark superhero.

In an issue of Entertainment Weekly hitting newsstands Friday, both presumptive nominees reveal their pop culture favorites - and it turns out that both men want to be Batman.

“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.

Issues of age and race — which have hovered over this year’s presidential campaign - also popped up in the discussion of popular culture.

Asked who was his favorite TV or movie president, McCain praised 24’s David Palmer portrayed by actor Dennis Haysbert. “He’s fabulous,” said McCain. “He’s a guy who makes tough decisions, he takes charge, he’s ready to sacrifice his interest on behalf of the interest of the country.”

Reminded that Palmer portrayed the nation’s first African-American president on the television series, the presumptive Republican nominee said “I hope that I and all Americans can be color-blind about any president.”

But McCain also told the magazine that the new Indiana Jones film was the last movie he’d seen. “I enjoyed that so much. The old guys wins,” said McCain, who will be the oldest president to be elected to a first term in the White House if he wins the general election.

soundoff (280 Responses)
  1. Jeff Brown

    "Jimmy" Wrote...
    "Hillary for VP or no money , no votes and NOBAMA.!
    Hillary supporters remain solidly united and will contribute money
    and their votes only if she is chosen to be on the VP spot.

    "Jimmy", You are either a GOP Stooge whose strings are being pulled by Rove, or a complete moron!

    August 7, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  2. Xavier

    Election Watcher,
    You are so silly. There is no u before the q in Aquaman. If you don’t know how to spell it, then you shouldn’t use it. Besides, in the comic’s books I remember Aquaman as being half human, half mermaid. He wouldn’t flip or flop either on land, or in the water. Did I mention that he is the ruler of the 7 seas? Ruler of Atlantis? Wow, with leadership qualities like that, maybe he is a lot like Obama.

    OBAMA in 2008

    August 7, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  3. Clergyman

    "John Mcain is the oldest celebrity in the world, like super-old, old enough to remember when dancing was a sin and beer was served in a bucket," and she asks, "but is he ready to lead?"

    August 7, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  4. Adolf Hitler

    I has a lot of inner turmoil too.

    August 7, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  5. Patrick

    "King Obama"

    Once again the repub swift boat liars try to paint Obama as an elitist. Mr. McCain who doesn't even know where his twelve houses are and traded up to a new richer model woman while still married to his old wife. His wife is worth $ 100 million plus... and Obama is an elitist?

    He's not even a good fighter pilot... how many planes did he lose and how many of the enemy did he shoot down?

    August 7, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
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