Obama has a #BatKid signal
November 15th, 2013
07:09 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama has a #BatKid signal

(CNN) - In Gotham City, Commissioner Gordon has the “Bat Signal” to talk to the “Caped Crusader.” In Washington, President Barack Obama has Vine.

“Way to go, Miles. Way to save Gotham,” Obama said in a Vine video tweeted by the White House Friday.

The online service allows users to record and share six-second videos. In this case, the President congratulated the young hero of San Francisco, a little boy whose “Make-A-Wish” was to be Batman for a day.

On Friday, San Francisco was transformed into the fictional home of Batman. Thousands of volunteers helped Miles Scott, 5, save damsels in distress and battle villains - the Penguin and the Riddler.

Miles has battled leukemia since he was 20 months old but the disease is now in remission.

Even the Department of Justice was in on the crime-fighting action. An FBI agent and the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California declared Friday that the villains had been charged with conspiracy and kidnapping.

Other politicians also put out messages to the young Dark Knight.

“Today, Gotham will finally breathe safe thanks to the super-sized might and extraordinary courage of our city’s true hero, Batkid," House minority leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-California, said in a statement.

"When Gotham City trembled in the grip of our most notorious villains, Batkid once again showed us the true meaning of bravery in the face of fear."

Bay Area U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-California, put out an “urgent message” on YouTube to Batkid.

“Only you can defeat the Riddler and the Penguin,” Swalwell said. “We’re all counting on you Batkid to use your superhero powers to protect our city.”


The White House has been using Vine since April, when it put out a video from the White House Science Fair featuring Bill Nye “the Science Guy” and LeVar Burton of “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”

–CNN’s Bryan Koenig contributed to this report.

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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Jerry

    What a truly heartwarming story which i hope we all can agree on no matter what your political views are.

    November 15, 2013 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  2. cali girl

    San Francisco did an amazing job today!. The city staff coordinated all the details, SFPD stepped in to shut down streets and map out the details of the day. Hats of to Make a Wish. And all the shops, stores, people that came together to pull this off. The Lamborghini that converted to the "batmobile", the volunteers who were Batman, Riddler, Penguin, and Damsel in Distress. So proud of the city and its people, and to the many well wishers who turned out, all the loving tweets from all over the world, you are all awesome.

    November 15, 2013 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  3. Jenny Vodvarka

    All news stories should be this uplifting!

    November 15, 2013 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  4. joe


    November 15, 2013 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  5. Richard L Smith

    'bout time they put out a 'feel good' story.

    November 15, 2013 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  6. Tom Stark

    Get out of here Obama. The president has nothing to do with Batman. It's HIS day!

    November 15, 2013 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  7. Awesome

    This is the best news coverage I have seen in years. Awesome!

    November 15, 2013 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  8. MrManhattan

    Wow, that five year old did more good in one day than all the Tea Baggers put together have done in the last decade!

    November 15, 2013 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  9. Greenspam

    Republicans immediately complained that Obama was encouraging waste of govt money and spending it on socialist causes.

    November 15, 2013 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  10. Great world

    What can you say? Just when you start feeling the world is doomed, here comes the people of SF to make that kid's
    day as well as everyone else who heard the story. Good ol' USA-original bunch as there ever was in this world.

    November 15, 2013 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |