History OneOfUs / PoliticalGeeks

28th Jan '16 3:57:41 PM DavidDelony
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* It's probably not surprising that Edward Snowden (the man who linked the NSA documents detailing American intelligence data collection) is a computer geek, given his profession. It's perhaps more notable that he is a serious fan of [[http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/16/us/for-snowden-a-life-of-ambition-despite-the-drifting.html?hp anime and role-playing video games]].
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* It's probably not surprising that Edward Snowden (the man who linked leaked the NSA documents detailing American intelligence data collection) is a computer geek, given his profession. It's perhaps more notable that he is a serious fan of [[http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/16/us/for-snowden-a-life-of-ambition-despite-the-drifting.html?hp anime and role-playing video games]].
21st Jan '16 2:22:40 PM creatordest
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** Both [=McCain=] as well as former Secretary of State Colin Powell are proud fans of Music/{{Abba}}.

* King Baudouin and his brother, the later king Albert II of Belgium, learned Dutch by reading ''ComicStrip/{{Nero}}''. Interestingly enough the comic strip's creator Marc Sleen is thus far the only Belgian comic strip artist to ever have been knighted.
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* King Baudouin and his brother, the later king Albert II of Belgium, learned Dutch by reading ''ComicStrip/{{Nero}}''. Interestingly enough the comic strip's creator Marc Sleen is thus far one of the only few Belgian comic strip artist artists to ever have been knighted. knighted. * Belgian queen Fabiola was a huge fan of Music/{{Abba}}. Which would make her, if the old woman actually danced to their music, a literal "Dancing Queen"! According to count Paul Buysse, who knew her personally, she once seriously wanted to see the band live in London, but palace protocol prevented this.

* Pope Francis is a huge fan of Creator/JRRTolkien (himself a devout Catholic). He has even used ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' in his theology writings. Pope Francis is also a HUGE soccer fan, and his favorite Argentinian team is San Lorenzo de Almagro -- they attributed their 2014 win in the Copa Libertadores to him, and later met up with them in the Vatican itself.
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* Pope Francis is a huge fan of Creator/JRRTolkien (himself a devout Catholic). He has even used ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' in his theology writings. Pope Francis is also a HUGE soccer fan, and his favorite Argentinian team is San Lorenzo de Almagro -- they attributed their 2014 win in the Copa Libertadores to him, and later met up with them in the Vatican itself. In 2015 he also became the first Pope to release a ProgressiveRock album, called "Wake Up!" It's actually an album made by rock artist Tony Pagliuca which combines audio clips from speeches by Francisus with Gregorian chants and pop rock, but the record was officially approved by the Vatican.
18th Jan '16 3:22:11 PM doomsday524
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* Texas Senator and 2016 Presidential candidate Ted Cruz is a movie buff who's favorite movie is ThePrincessBride, which he quotes a lot. He's also a fan of HouseOfCards and does [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_K0sRkvX4KE voice impressions]].
11th Jan '16 6:21:34 PM phoenix
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* US President UsefulNotes/BarackObama has demonstrated a deep familiarity with ''Franchise/StarTrek'', joked [[http://www.boston.com/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2008/10/candidates_get.html at the Alfred E. Smith memorial dinner]] about [[{{Superman}} being sent by his father Jor-El to save the planet Earth]], apparently dressed as a wizard to take his daughters to a midnight release of a ''Literature/HarryPotter'' book, and according to [[http://www.tor.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=blog=8269#8273 a possibly apocryphal report on tor.com]] is familiar enough with Internet memes to make ''ZeroWing'' jokes. You just '''know''' if he ever gets in a war, something '''will''' be called "Operation All Your Base Are Belong To US." He also collects ''Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}}'' and ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian'' comics; in fact, he is reputedly a collector of the mylar-bag-and-backboard, never read'em stripe. This has been escalated and expanded on [[http://community.livejournal.com/metaquotes/6928399.html here]]. He even wrote a personal note to Yann Martel, the author of Life of Pi, to let the writer know how much he and his daughter enjoyed reading the novel. Whenever President Obama is asked about his all-time favorite books, he often lists quite a few titles and usually a different group of titles each time, but two books that have consistently been listed by the president are Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson and Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison. Obama also loves Series/MASH and Series/TheWire.
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* US President UsefulNotes/BarackObama has demonstrated a deep familiarity with ''Franchise/StarTrek'', joked [[http://www.boston.com/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2008/10/candidates_get.html at the Alfred E. Smith memorial dinner]] about [[{{Superman}} being sent by his father Jor-El to save the planet Earth]], apparently dressed as a wizard to take his daughters to a midnight release of a ''Literature/HarryPotter'' book, and according to [[http://www.tor.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=blog=8269#8273 a possibly apocryphal report on tor.com]] is familiar enough with Internet memes to make ''ZeroWing'' ''VideoGame/ZeroWing'' jokes. You just '''know''' if he ever gets in a war, something '''will''' be called "Operation All Your Base Are Belong To US." He also collects ''Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}}'' and ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian'' comics; in fact, he is reputedly a collector of the mylar-bag-and-backboard, never read'em stripe. This has been escalated and expanded on [[http://community.livejournal.com/metaquotes/6928399.html here]]. He even wrote a personal note to Yann Martel, the author of Life of Pi, to let the writer know how much he and his daughter enjoyed reading the novel. Whenever President Obama is asked about his all-time favorite books, he often lists quite a few titles and usually a different group of titles each time, but two books that have consistently been listed by the president are Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson and Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison. Obama also loves Series/MASH and Series/TheWire.
28th Dec '15 7:39:42 PM creatordest
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* US President UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt loved Creator/LaurelAndHardy and his favorite movie was ''"I'm No Angel"'' with Creator/MaeWest.
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* UsefulNotes/JohnAdams was a huge bibliophile. He owned over 3.5000 volumes of books, full with scribbling thoughts, reactions and counter-arguments to lines he read. * UsefulNotes/ThomasJefferson owned so much books that his personal library was the largest personal collection in the country at the time! He even sold it to the US government to help replace the Library of Congress when the British burned Washington down during the War of 1812. Jefferson’s constant purchasing of books also seems to have been a detriment to his finances and probably played some part in his bankruptcy at the time of his death. * UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln was such a fan of UsefulNotes/WilliamShakespeare that he carried copies of his collected works around. He once stated during a White House dinner: “Some of Shakespeare’s plays I have never read; while others I have gone over perhaps as frequently as any unprofessional reader. Among the latter are Lear, Richard the Third, Henry the Eighth, Hamlet, and especially Macbeth. I think nothing equals Macbeth.” * UsefulNotes/JamesGarfield adored Literature/RobinsonCrusoe and reread it countless times, even comparing all other novels he read to it. * UsefulNotes/ChesterAArthur enjoyed Creator/CharlesDickens and Creator/WilliamMakepeaceThackeray. * UsefulNotes/BenjaminHarrison loved the works of Creator/WalterScott. * UsefulNotes/WilliamMcKinley brought a book with poems by Creator/LordByron with him on his way to fight in the war. * UsefulNotes/CalvinCoolidge was hugely influenced by Creator/{{Cicero}} and read his classic works so often that he became fluent in Latin. * UsefulNotes/HerbertHoover identified with Literature/DavidCopperfield by Creator/CharlesDickens, because he himself was an orphan who went through a troubled childhood. * UsefulNotes/HarrySTruman named ''Film/MyDarlingClementine" his favorite movie. * US President UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt loved Creator/LaurelAndHardy and his favorite movie was ''"I'm No Angel"'' with Creator/MaeWest. Roosevelt was also known to enjoy WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse cartoons and once praised Creator/ShirleyTemple keeping America's spirits high during the Great Depression with the following words: "As long as our country has Shirley Temple, we will be all right". He also loved Creator/RudyardKipling, especially the poem "If..."

* US President UsefulNotes/LyndonJohnson listened a lot to Music/SimonAndGarfunkel's ''Music/BridgeOverTroubledWater'' during the final post-presidential years of his life. It cheered him up whenever he felt down. * US President UsefulNotes/RichardNixon repeatedly watched ''Film/{{Patton}}'' and urged his staff and associates to do so. It's reported that watching the film steeled his resolve to invade Cambodia during the Vietnam War, and that Zhou Enlai screened the movie for his staff before Nixon's visit to China. His favorite movie, however, was ''Film/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays''. He also owned a copy of Music/ArloGuthrie's ''Music/AlicesRestaurant''. Nixon was such an avid moviegoer that [[http://www.amazon.com/Nixon-Movies-Book-about-Belief/dp/0226239683 a whole book's been written analyzing his taste in films]]. He also appeared in a few episodes of ''Series/RowanAndMartinsLaughIn'' delivering the memorable line "Sock it to ''me''?" * US President UsefulNotes/JimmyCarter is such a fan of poet Creator/DylanThomas that he even recorded a special audio message for tourists who visit the poet's birthplace. * US President UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan was a huge movie fan, which shouldn't surprise anyone, given the fact that he was a former Hollywood actor. He frequently referenced movies in his speeches (''Film/DirtyHarry, Film/BackToTheFuture, Franchise/{{Rambo}}'',...) and even based his Star Wars defense program on the movie ''Film/StarWars''.
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* US President UsefulNotes/LyndonJohnson listened a lot to Music/SimonAndGarfunkel's ''Music/BridgeOverTroubledWater'' during the final post-presidential years of his life. It cheered him up whenever he felt down. \n Johnson's favorite film was "Film/TheSearchers". In the wake of Kennedy's murder, LBJ, in an effort to introduce himself to the American people, commissioned the U.S. Information Agency to produce a movie about himself. The ten-minute short, narrated by Gregory Peck, was a yawner — except in the White House theater, where Johnson was known to watch it over and over. * UsefulNotes/GeraldFord took delight in reading Horatio Alger novels. * US President UsefulNotes/RichardNixon repeatedly watched ''Film/{{Patton}}'' and urged his staff and associates to do so. It's reported that watching the film steeled his resolve to invade Cambodia during the Vietnam War, and that Zhou Enlai screened the movie for his staff before Nixon's visit to China. His favorite movie, however, was ''Film/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays''. He also owned a copy of Music/ArloGuthrie's ''Music/AlicesRestaurant''. Nixon was such an avid moviegoer that [[http://www.amazon.com/Nixon-Movies-Book-about-Belief/dp/0226239683 a whole book's been written analyzing his taste in films]]. He also appeared in a few episodes of ''Series/RowanAndMartinsLaughIn'' delivering the memorable line "Sock it to ''me''?" ''me''?" Nixon also enjoyed playing piano and read anything by Creator/LeoTolstoy. * US President UsefulNotes/JimmyCarter is such a fan of poet Creator/DylanThomas that he even recorded a special audio message for tourists who visit the poet's birthplace. birthplace. Carter also holds the record of having watched more movies during his term than any other US President: 480 (!) His favorite book was "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men" by James Agee and Walker Evans, a document of the plight of sharecroppers in the South during the Dust Bowl. * US President UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan was a huge movie fan, which shouldn't surprise anyone, given the fact that he was a former Hollywood actor. He frequently referenced movies in his speeches (''Film/DirtyHarry, Film/BackToTheFuture, Franchise/{{Rambo}}'',...) and even based his Star Wars defense program on the movie ''Film/StarWars''. One morning, at an economic summit in Williamsburg, Va., White House Chief of Staff James Baker learned that Reagan hadn't studied his briefing books the night before. He asked the president why. "Well, Jim, The Sound of Music was on TV," Reagan replied. Reagan also loved Creator/TomClancy and mentioned the book Literature/TheHuntForRedOctober in one of his speeches. Reagan also enjoyed Series/FamilyTies so much that he volunteered to have a cameo on the show, but the producers ignored this plea.

* US President UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush is a huge fan of ''Series/FawltyTowers''. During the Gulf War (1991) he used to watch episodes to relax from ongoing stress.
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* US President UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush is a huge fan of ''Series/FawltyTowers''. During the Gulf War (1991) he used to watch episodes to relax from ongoing stress. Bush's two favorite films were Film/VivaZapata and Film/TheLongestDay.

* US President UsefulNotes/BarackObama has demonstrated a deep familiarity with ''Franchise/StarTrek'', joked [[http://www.boston.com/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2008/10/candidates_get.html at the Alfred E. Smith memorial dinner]] about [[{{Superman}} being sent by his father Jor-El to save the planet Earth]], apparently dressed as a wizard to take his daughters to a midnight release of a ''Literature/HarryPotter'' book, and according to [[http://www.tor.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=blog=8269#8273 a possibly apocryphal report on tor.com]] is familiar enough with Internet memes to make ''ZeroWing'' jokes. You just '''know''' if he ever gets in a war, something '''will''' be called "Operation All Your Base Are Belong To US." He also collects ''Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}}'' and ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian'' comics; in fact, he is reputedly a collector of the mylar-bag-and-backboard, never read'em stripe. This has been escalated and expanded on [[http://community.livejournal.com/metaquotes/6928399.html here]].
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* US President UsefulNotes/BarackObama has demonstrated a deep familiarity with ''Franchise/StarTrek'', joked [[http://www.boston.com/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2008/10/candidates_get.html at the Alfred E. Smith memorial dinner]] about [[{{Superman}} being sent by his father Jor-El to save the planet Earth]], apparently dressed as a wizard to take his daughters to a midnight release of a ''Literature/HarryPotter'' book, and according to [[http://www.tor.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=blog=8269#8273 a possibly apocryphal report on tor.com]] is familiar enough with Internet memes to make ''ZeroWing'' jokes. You just '''know''' if he ever gets in a war, something '''will''' be called "Operation All Your Base Are Belong To US." He also collects ''Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}}'' and ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian'' comics; in fact, he is reputedly a collector of the mylar-bag-and-backboard, never read'em stripe. This has been escalated and expanded on [[http://community.livejournal.com/metaquotes/6928399.html here]]. He even wrote a personal note to Yann Martel, the author of Life of Pi, to let the writer know how much he and his daughter enjoyed reading the novel. Whenever President Obama is asked about his all-time favorite books, he often lists quite a few titles and usually a different group of titles each time, but two books that have consistently been listed by the president are Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson and Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison. Obama also loves Series/MASH and Series/TheWire.
17th Dec '15 5:43:25 PM Epsilon
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** He has listed the Lord of the Rings as someone of the books he reads frequently, and after being elected, for halloween [[http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/trick-trudeau-halloween-1.3298754 he went as Han Solo on Hoth (he is Canadian, it's the most accurate) and his wife went as Leia]]
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** He has listed the Lord of the Rings as someone one of the books he reads frequently, and frequently. And after being elected, for halloween [[http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/trick-trudeau-halloween-1.3298754 he went trick or treating on Halloween as Han Solo on in his Hoth jacket (he is Canadian, it's the most accurate) and while his wife went as Leia]]
18th Nov '15 1:36:43 PM JackTheHammer
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* Chinese President Xi Jinping revealed he's fan of ''Series/HouseOfCards'' and ''Film/SleeplessInSeattle'' during a Sept. 2015 state visit to the United States.
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* Chinese President Xi Jinping revealed he's fan of ''Series/HouseOfCards'' ''Series/HouseOfCardsUS'' and ''Film/SleeplessInSeattle'' during a Sept. 2015 state visit to the United States.
18th Nov '15 1:36:05 PM JackTheHammer
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* Chinese President Xi Jinping revealed he's fan of ''Series/HouseOfCards'' and ''Film/SleeplessInSeattle'' during a Sept. 2015 state visit to the United States.
13th Nov '15 4:18:26 PM AllenbysEyes
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* Soviet leader UsefulNotes/LeonidBrezhnev was a huge fan of American Westerns. In particular, he loved ''Series/TheRifleman'' and met its star Chuck Connors on several occasions. During Brezhnev's 1973 visit to the US, Connors even presented the Premier with two Colt .45s he'd used on his show ''Series/{{Branded}}''. Apparently he also loved ''Film/DirtyHarry''.\\ There are a few surviving photos of Brezhnev hunting with said Colts in a quasi-cowboy attire.
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* Soviet leader UsefulNotes/LeonidBrezhnev was a huge fan of American Westerns. In particular, he loved ''Series/TheRifleman'' and met its star Chuck Connors on several occasions. During Brezhnev's 1973 visit to the US, Connors even presented the Premier with two Colt .45s he'd used on his show ''Series/{{Branded}}''. Apparently he also loved ''Film/DirtyHarry''.\\ There are a few surviving photos of Brezhnev hunting with said Colts in a quasi-cowboy attire.attire. He also loved ''Film/DirtyHarry'', repeatedly screening the movie for the Politboro and KGB leaders.

* US President UsefulNotes/RichardNixon's favorite movie was ''Film/{{Patton}}'', which he watch over and over again and urged his associates to see it too. He also owned a copy of Music/ArloGuthrie's ''Music/AlicesRestaurant''. He was such an avid moviegoer that [[http://www.amazon.com/Nixon-Movies-Book-about-Belief/dp/0226239683 a whole book's been written analyzing his taste in films]]. He also appeared in a few episodes of ''Series/RowanAndMartinsLaughIn'' delivering the memorable line "Sock it to ''me''?"
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* US President UsefulNotes/RichardNixon's favorite movie was ''Film/{{Patton}}'', which he watch over and over again UsefulNotes/RichardNixon repeatedly watched ''Film/{{Patton}}'' and urged his staff and associates to see it too.do so. It's reported that watching the film steeled his resolve to invade Cambodia during the Vietnam War, and that Zhou Enlai screened the movie for his staff before Nixon's visit to China. His favorite movie, however, was ''Film/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays''. He also owned a copy of Music/ArloGuthrie's ''Music/AlicesRestaurant''. He Nixon was such an avid moviegoer that [[http://www.amazon.com/Nixon-Movies-Book-about-Belief/dp/0226239683 a whole book's been written analyzing his taste in films]]. He also appeared in a few episodes of ''Series/RowanAndMartinsLaughIn'' delivering the memorable line "Sock it to ''me''?"
1st Nov '15 12:31:12 PM Laevatein
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* Senator Scott Ludlam, deputy leader of the Australian Greens, plays role-playing games, board games, and video games, and will participate in a live D&D session at PAX Australia 2015.
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* Senator Scott Ludlam, deputy leader of the Australian Greens, plays role-playing games, board games, and video games, and will participate participated in a live D&D session at PAX Australia 2015.2015 (he brought his own dice).
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