Holy Politicking! Obama, McCain share favorite superhero
LOS ANGELES – Holy politicking, Batman.
In interviews with Entertainment Weekly magazine posted on its Web site Thursday, McCain, 71, and Obama, 47, also gave their picks for best on-screen president, top singers and most-liked television shows.
Obama, the Democratic senator from Illinois, said he chose Spider-Man and Batman because “they have some inner turmoil.” McCain, a Republican senator from Arizona, said Batman is a quiet hero who pursues justice “against insurmountable odds.”
In the world of music, McCain revealed a weakness for the Swedish disco-era band ABBA, late singer Roy Orbison and 1970s star Linda Ronstadt.
“But I like Usher too,” McCain said, explaining he appeared on the TV comedy show “Saturday Night Live” with the 29-year-old rhythm and blues singer.
Obama favored an eclectic group of musicians, including Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, Sheryl Crow and John Coltrane.
For favorite actor in the role of president, McCain picked Dennis Haysbert from the Fox network hit “24.” Obama chose Jeff Bridges from the 2000 movie “The Contender.”
“He was charming and essentially an honorable person, but there was a rogue about him,” Obama said.
Obama said his first movie memory was “Born Free,” the 1966 film about African lions. McCain remembered the 1942 Disney animated feature “Bambi.”
“When his mother was killed. Oh, yeah, I cried,” McCain said.
Photo credit: Reuters/Rebecca Cook (McCain at campaign stop July 18, Obama at campaign stop Aug. 4)