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McCain, Obama discuss movies, TV viewing habits

Discussion in 'Political Zone' started by BrAinPaiNt, Aug 7, 2008.

  1. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Backwoods Sexy Staff Member

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    Aug 6, 4:45 PM (ET)


    WASHINGTON (AP) - John McCain's favorite television commander in chief plays the first black U.S. president.

    Just the role Democrat Barack Obama is looking to fill.

    "You know, I hope that I and all Americans can be colorblind about any president," the Republican contender said when asked about the similarities between Obama and President Palmer of Fox's "24."

    The Arizona senator said he likes Palmer because he "makes tough decisions, he takes charge, he's ready to sacrifice his interest on behalf of the interest of the country."

    In separate interviews with Entertainment Weekly, McCain, 71, and Obama, 47, discussed their pop culture picks, films that choked them up as kids and who handles the remote control at their homes. The interviews appear in the issue that hits newsstands Friday.

    Obama says he has "some clout" with the remote when he's at home with his wife, Michelle, and their two young daughters.

    "I'm not home a lot, so Michelle is usually willing to give it up," the Democratic senator from Illinois said. "The only time I grab for the remote is when a game is on."

    He said his television is usually tuned to HGTV, the home and garden cable network, "and I suffer that silently."

    McCain said he and his wife, Cindy, compete for command of the tube.

    "Sometimes I win the arm wrestling contest, but foolishly she continues to try to assert her control over the remote," McCain said. "This is a battle that will continue for a long time."

    They do agree on some shows, McCain said. Their favorites include "Seinfeld" reruns, "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "The Wire."

    Obama said he grew up watching "MASH," while his daughters are fans of the "Hannah Montana" series. "But they can still hang with SpongeBob SquarePants. And I have to say, SpongeBob is pretty funny."

    Both candidates' spouses watch "American Idol."

    When it comes to the first movies they watched as kids, both candidates got verklempt by the story lines. McCain said Disney's "Bambi" brought him to tears, while the wildlife film "Born Free" caused Obama to choke up.

    Obama said he thought the last movie he saw was "Shrek the Third," which came out in May 2007. "Not as good as the original," he said.

    McCain said he recently saw the summer blockbuster "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull."

    "I enjoyed that so much," he said. "The old guy wins."
  2. canters

    canters Well-Known Member

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    That clever AP writer, Ann Sanner, managed to even get the ages of the candidates into the article.

    What do 71 y/o men watch? Now we know.

    This was done more to humanize BO, if that is possible at this time, than anything. Small wonder we were not told what kind of snacks he eats.

    My pulse races everytime I hear his name...........
  3. Hoofbite

    Hoofbite Well-Known Member

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    or it might have been some clever scheme to show a comparison in what they watch despite the fact that there is a huge age gap between the two.

    But you are probably right. As we all just assumed that Barack didn't watch movies or television and this done as a way of preventing him from being further alienated from the coach potatoes of america.
  4. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Backwoods Sexy Staff Member

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    Personally I think McCain came through great in the article. Showed his good sense of humor.

    Although I guess you don't see that if you only look for obama stuff.:D
  5. canters

    canters Well-Known Member

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    I do agree that McCain did come off well...his sense of humor is under the radar but nonetheless keen.

    He handled Paris Hilton's jab well and his "attack ads" on BO being the one is good.....that is why the media hate it. My sense is that he will do well in townhall types settings against BO,,,he does come off as your uncle.

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