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** He's a big fan of ''[[Literature/TheThreeBodyProblem The Three Body Problem Trilogy]]'':
-->'''Barack Obama''': The scope of it was immense. So that was fun to read, partly because my day-to-day problems with Congress seem fairly petty — not something to worry about. Aliens are about to invade!
14th Nov '17 7:49:29 PM PaulA
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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. In addition, he is a huge Star Wars fan and has admitted that he cried during an emotional scene in ''The Force Awakens''. He's also a fan of HouseOfCards and does [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_K0sRkvX4KE voice impressions]].

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* Texas Senator and 2016 Presidential candidate Ted Cruz is a movie buff who's whose favorite movie is ThePrincessBride, ''Film/ThePrincessBride'', which he quotes a lot. In addition, he is a huge Star Wars fan and has admitted that he cried during an emotional scene in ''The Force Awakens''. He's also a fan of HouseOfCards ''Series/HouseOfCards'' and does [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_K0sRkvX4KE voice impressions]].
5th Oct '17 8:07:42 PM PaulA
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** Obama 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 ''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/SpiderMan'' 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 Creator/RalphWaldoEmerson and ''Song of Solomon'' by Creator/ToniMorrison. Obama also loves ''[[Series/{{Mash}} M*A*S*H]]'' and ''Series/TheWire''.

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** Obama 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 ''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/SpiderMan'' 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 Creator/RalphWaldoEmerson and ''Song of Solomon'' ''Literature/SongOfSolomon'' by Creator/ToniMorrison. Obama also loves ''[[Series/{{Mash}} M*A*S*H]]'' and ''Series/TheWire''.
31st Aug '17 2:28:12 PM GlitteringFlowers
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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.

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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 UsefulNotes/CopaLibertadores 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.
24th Aug '17 6:45:48 PM Gamermaster
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** While Trump was reportedly not impressed with Creator/MelissaMcCarthy and her SNL portrayal of "Spicey", Spicer gave ApprovalOfGod the next day and said his one complaint was his gum addiction was blown way out of proportion. McCarthy in turn, worked this into a follow up sketch. Spicer is also known for his Spartan office space and lack of personal mementos. Reportedly the only hints that someone occupies his White House office are the picture of his wife and a Super-Soaker of the exact same make and model as the one used in one Gag in the SNL sketch. It's even filled with a liquid which he (maybe) jokingly claims is Soapy Water.

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** While Trump was reportedly not impressed with Creator/MelissaMcCarthy and her SNL portrayal of "Spicey", Spicer gave ApprovalOfGod the next day and said his one complaint was his gum addiction was blown way out of proportion. McCarthy [=McCarthy=] in turn, worked this into a follow up sketch. Spicer is also known for his Spartan office space and lack of personal mementos. Reportedly the only hints that someone occupies his White House office are the picture of his wife and a Super-Soaker of the exact same make and model as the one used in one Gag in the SNL sketch. It's even filled with a liquid which he (maybe) jokingly claims is Soapy Water.
23rd Aug '17 5:56:18 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** Hitler was a huge fan of Creator/WaltDisney and was said to have viewed Film/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarves multiple times. He even doodled a few of the characters (in full color too) during particularly boring war meetings. He was especially fond of drawling the Dwarves and Dopey in particular. Given his well known ambition to be an artist, one has to wonder if WeCouldHaveAvoidedThis if Disney had offered him a job.

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** Hitler was a huge fan of Creator/WaltDisney and was said to have viewed Film/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarves multiple times. He even doodled a few of the characters (in full color too) during particularly boring war meetings. He was especially fond of drawling the Dwarves and Dopey in particular. Given his well known ambition to be an artist, one has to wonder if WeCouldHaveAvoidedThis if Disney had offered him a job.
6th Aug '17 1:31:54 PM latinspinnoff
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6th Aug '17 12:37:16 PM latinspinnoff
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** The tyrant was also a huge fan of Franchise/{{Godzilla}}. So much even that he ordered the kidnapping of a South Korean director to direct a ripoff of Godzilla.

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** The tyrant was also a huge fan of Franchise/{{Godzilla}}. So much even that he ordered the kidnapping of a South Korean director to direct a ripoff of Godzilla.these films named Film/{{Pulgasari}}.
** Kim Jong Il is also said to have been a huge fan of Music/MichaelJackson, Music/BarbraStreisand and Music/ElvisPresley.


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* Iraqi dictator UsefulNotes/SaddamHussein was a huge fan of ''Film/TheGodfather''. He enjoyed the message that "family comes before everything else." [[http://www.monitor.net/monitor/0304a/copyright/godfathersaddam.html]]
** Uday and Qusay Hussein were apparently such huge ''Franchise/StarWars'' fans that they based some of the helmets on Imperial helmets.
* Yugoslavian president UsefulNotes/JosipBrozTito was a Creator/LaurelAndHardy fan and owned a 35mm copy of one of their films: ''"Busy Bodies"''.
** Italian dictator UsefulNotes/BenitoMussolini was also a Creator/LaurelAndHardy fan. He particularly liked ''"The Devil's Brother"'' (also known as ''"Fra Diavolo"''), as it was set in Italy. Mussolini even met their producer Hal Roach in Hollywood .
* Lee Teng-Hui, the first native Taiwanese to become president of said country and later its first democratically-elected leader, is quite the "Japanophile", along with ''many'' men and women of his generation, having graduated with honors from Kyoto University and volunteered for the Japanese Army in 1944. Geekier, he's a known otaku and after his retirement, cosplayed as the hawkish principal (with a similar military background to his own) from ''Sakigake!! Otokojuku'' to promote Japanese cinema and the show.
** By the way, this was [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII one of many reasons]] why the Chinese and Taiwan mainlanders hated him.
* In a fan mail letter by [[Creator/LaurelAndHardy Stan Laurel]] from August 1962 Laurel mentions that Tito, French president Vincent Auriol and Prince Harold of Denmark liked to watch Laurel & Hardy films, but expressed doubt if Hitler or Stalin ever saw them? (Note: Both [[https://www.theguardian.com/film/2013/jun/29/historian-says-hollywood-collaborated-with-nazis Hitler]] and Stalin did and both were fans.)
* Soviet leader UsefulNotes/JosefStalin was a fan of Creator/JamesCagney, Creator/CharlieChaplin, Literature/{{Tarzan}} movies and Creator/LaurelAndHardy. Despite seeing westerns as American propaganda he also enjoyed watching them. Yet, when he heard Creator/JohnWayne was a staunch anti-communist he planned to have him murdered. UsefulNotes/NikitaKhrushchev personally made sure that Stalin's daft order wasn't carried out. Khrushchev also told Creator/JohnWayne this when the politician visited the U.S.A. in 1959. Stalin's favorite movie of all time was the 1938 comedy "Volga-Volga". Khrushchev wrote in his memoires that Stalin mockingly compared him to one of the characters in this picture.
* During his 1959 US visit Soviet leader UsefulNotes/NikitaKhrushchev wanted to visit Disneyland, but his request was refused because US security advisors could not guarantee his safety. This made him so angry that it almost caused a diplomatic crisis!
* 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}}''. There are a few surviving photos of Brezhnev hunting with said Colts in a quasi-cowboy attire. He also loved ''Film/DirtyHarry'', repeatedly screening the movie for the Politboro and KGB leaders.
* Soviet leader UsefulNotes/MikhailGorbachev named his policy of letting Eastern European countries decide for themselves whether they wanted communism or democracy the "[[Music/FrankSinatra Sinatra]] Doctrine," after Sinatra's song "My Way". [[http://io9.com/gorbachev-tried-to-get-george-bush-to-spoil-who-killed-1659756725 He also tried to get]] UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush to reveal [[Series/TwinPeaks who killed Laura Palmer]]. When Reagan and Gorbachev first met in Reykyavik in 1987 they apparently took the time to talk about Reagan's past in Hollywood and movies in general, besides political issues alone.
* Russian president UsefulNotes/VladimirPutin is a Music/TheBeatles fan. This has given Music/PaulMcCartney the advantage to put pressure on Putin by writing him a personal letter in 2013 for the release of 28 Greenpeace activists and two freelance journalists to be released from prison. This are Macca's actual lines: “Forty-five years ago I wrote a song about Russia for Music/TheWhiteAlbum, back when it wasn’t fashionable for English people to say nice things about your country. That song had one of my favourite Beatles lines in it: “Been away so long I hardly knew the place, gee it’s good to be back home.” Could you make that come true for the Greenpeace prisoners?” Since June 2014 the prisoners have been released, though it's not clear whether this was the result of Paul's letter sent in November 2013.
* The current Russian Prime Minister (and former President) Dmitri Medvedev is a fan of classical HardRock (Music/DeepPurple, Music/BlackSabbath, and Music/LedZeppelin, among others), which is geeky nowadays... especially in [[MotherRussiaMakesYouStrong Mother Russia, where even geeks are badass]].
* Czech President Václav Havel was a huge Music/FrankZappa and Music/VelvetUnderground fan. During the Cold War, when Havel was still a poet and playwright, all subversive music was banned, which may also explain his admiration for their music. After Havel's inauguration he made Zappa his Cultural Ambassador of Czechoslovakia and invited him to visit his country! He also said that ''Music/BongoFury'' was his favorite Zappa album.
* Hungarian President Árpád Göncz translated ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' and ''Farmer Giles'' of Ham into Hungarian. He also submitted a statement of appreciation of Tolkien to The Centenary Conference 1992 and said "Lord of the Rings" "serves as a positive role model in our dehumanized world as well as an exciting lecture […] it helped transform our world into one smiling global village”.
* 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/JohnFKennedy was a huge fan of the ''Literature/JamesBond'' books. ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove'' was selected as the second Bond film because Kennedy listed it in his top 10 favorite books. [[TearJerker It was the last film he'd ever see]]. In a similar vein, Kennedy enjoyed John Buchan's spy novels ''Literature/TheThirtyNineSteps'' and ''Literature/{{Greenmantle}}'', and once cited T.E. Lawrence's ''Seven Pillars of Wisdom'' as his favorite nonfiction work. Surprisingly enough, his favorite movie was reportedly ''Film/RomanHoliday''.
* 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. 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.
* 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'', which he watched repeatedly, much to his family's consternation. 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''?" Nixon also enjoyed playing piano (in his youth, he even composed a few songs himself) and read anything by Creator/LeoTolstoy.
* UsefulNotes/GeraldFord took delight in reading Horatio Alger novels. He hosted a White House screening of ''Film/TheWindAndTheLion'', and regaled director John Milius with stories of his time working in Yellowstone National Park. Milius didn't have the heart to tell Ford that the movie's Yellowstone scenes were actually [[CaliforniaDoubling filmed in Spain]].
* 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. 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.
** For those interested: here is a long list of all the films he and his wife Nancy watched in the White House (though what they thought of them isn't mentioned) [[http://www.reagan.utexas.edu/archives/reference/filmsviewed.html]]
** When he saw ''Film/BackToTheFuture'', [[ActuallyPrettyFunny he was so amused]] by the scene where [[ItWillNeverCatchOn Doc Brown in 1955 scoffs at the idea of Reagan being president by 1985]] that he told the projectionist to replay the scene. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen He got approached to play the mayor of 1885 Hill Valley]] in ''[[Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII Part III]]'', and ''was'' interested before his aides declined for him.
* 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/BillClinton loved ''Film/HighNoon''. He screened it a record 17 times in the White House. Interestingly enough, other US Presidents like UsefulNotes/DwightEisenhower and UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan were also big fans.
** Clinton is an avid reader, as according to friends and family, he is working on at least two books at one time. He named ''Literature/OneHundredYearsOfSolitude'' by Creator/GabrielGarciaMarquez his favorite novel of all time. During his presidency he made sure that Marquez, who was denied a visa to the USA for more than 30 years, was allowed to be a guest in the country again.
** Reportedly, after watching ''Film/AirForceOne'', [[TheRedStapler Clinton wanted an escape pod]] like the one [[spoiler:seemingly]] used in the film for the actual Air Force One.
* US President UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush liked war movies like ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'' and ''Film/BlackHawkDown'', but according to a May 2001 article in "The Atlantic" his favorite movie of all time was ''Film/FieldOfDreams'', because it "made him cry, reminding him of playing catch in the back yard with [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush his father]] —a pretty fair ballplayer himself once."
* UsefulNotes/BarackObama:
** Obama 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 ''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/SpiderMan'' 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 Creator/RalphWaldoEmerson and ''Song of Solomon'' by Creator/ToniMorrison. Obama also loves ''[[Series/{{Mash}} M*A*S*H]]'' and ''Series/TheWire''.
** [[http://blog.wired.com/geekdad/2008/11/5-signs-preside.html Wired has several more examples.]]
** The Spider-Man Obama crossover thing.
** It was also pretty well publicized that he and Michelle bought their daughters a UsefulNotes/{{Wii}} for Christmas. Poking fun at his failed attempt at bowling during the campaign, he joked that he was much better at Wii Sports Bowling than real life. Gamers everywhere rejoiced -- well, [[StopHavingFunGuys except those too-"hardcore"-for-Wii gamers]].
** During Obama's visit to Poland at the end of May 2011, Prime Minister Donald Tusk gave him the collector's edition of ''VideoGame/TheWitcher2AssassinsOfKings'' as a gift.
** When he met Creator/LeonardNimoy, he greeted him with the [[Franchise/StarTrek Vulcan hand salute]].
** He seems to also be a fan of ''Franchise/StarWars'', given his statement of intent to watch ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' after a speech given in 2015.
** In a National News Conference about Health Care, Obama argued one of his points by talking about comparing costs for "[[Film/TheMatrix A red pill and a blue pill]]."
** John Hodgman had a whole [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yW7OPByRGDY speech]] on this.
** There's also that [[http://www.newsweek.com/id/167755/page/6 Newsweek behind-the-scenes special]] (misquoted at the bottom of the first paragraph) where he was observed by one of their reporters making his wife roll her eyes at a joke about her belt having [[Franchise/StarTrek dilithium crystals]] on it.
** And then there's him [[http://www.windycitizen.com/files/3926925767_76a554dc62.jpg wielding a frigging LIGHTSABER]] on the White House lawn in a photo-op for the Olympics.
** And he appeared in a ''Series/MythBusters'' episode where they try to make the solar powered death ray work for the third time. The stated goal of the appearance is to encourage science and technology education.
** Speaking of death rays... Obama named Stephen Chu Secretary of Energy. Chu is known for his strong critic of fossil fuels, for the Nobel Prize he earned for cooling atoms with laser: the US president hired the inventor of the [[VideoGame/{{Metroid}} Ice Beam]] to [[FunnyAneurysmMoment fight against Global Warming]]
** Obama's favorite films are ''Film/TheGodfather I and II'': ''"Three not that much. That saga -- I love that movie. ...I think my favorite has to be, the opening scene of the first Godfather... It sets the tone for the whole movie."''
** Michelle herself; she was the salutatorian of her high school. Although she pales in comparison to Barack's nerdiness, that's still pretty nerdy.
** He's also familiar with the WebVideo/{{Vlogbrothers}} and Nerdfighteria.
** During a press conference on military technology he jokingly admitted they were [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77pnVFLkUjM building Iron Man]]
** And Obama is a fan of ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' and ''Literature/TheHobbit'' too since he was 10 years old.
** When Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Washington, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=35&v=KL3FvAwJyEs Obama suggested that Americans, especially the young people, thank Japan]] for "all the things we love from Japan: karate, karaoke, {{Manga}}, and {{Anime}}, and, of course, emojis."
* Chinese President Xi Jinping revealed he's fan of ''Series/HouseOfCardsUS'' and ''Film/SleeplessInSeattle'' during a Sept. 2015 state visit to the United States.
* Dictator UsefulNotes/IdiAmin of Uganda was fond of Creator/WaltDisney cartoons, though he liked other animation just as much. After he was driven out of his country in 1979 several reels of ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' cartoons were found in his palace.
* PLO leader Yasser Arafat also enjoyed watching ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' because he [[DavidVersusGoliath felt sympathy towards the mouse defeating an aggressor ten times his size]].
* Spanish dictator UsefulNotes/FranciscoFranco's favorite movie was "Nobleza Baturra", a 1935 Spanish musical drama film noted for [[CallToAgriculture its folkloric setting and rural atmosphere.]]
* Irish President Mary Robinson was once a guest on ''Radio/DesertIslandDiscs'' where she choose music by Music/GiacomoPuccini, Music/JosephHaydn, Music/BobDylan, Music/JoanBaez, Music/EdithPiaf and Luke Kelly as her favorite musical artists.
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* English medieval king UsefulNotes/AlfredTheGreat was a prince from a semi-civilized country where almost every noble was a JerkJock by inclination. He studied classical literature, wrote about theology, and sent many a savage plundering Northman to his doom. He was a [[BadassBookworm nerd with a sword]].
* Philippe II of Spain collected paintings by Creator/HieronymusBosch and even had one near his bedside.
* Former King Juan Carlos of UsefulNotes/{{Spain}} is a radio amateur and [[BadassBiker motorcyclist]].
* King Abdullah II of Jordan is an acknowledged fan of ''Franchise/StarTrek'', and guest-starred on ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' when he was still a prince. Later, when Creator/MichaelBay was going to film ''[[Film/{{Transformers}} Revenge of the Fallen]]'' in Jordan, he ordered 38 military helicopters to transport the equipment to Petra, allowing the film crew those overhead shots of the same ruins that appeared in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade''. Turns out His Majesty is a big fan of ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' and loves the franchise.
** King Abdullah has recently announced the creation of a [[http://www.royaltyinthenews.com/2011/08/06/king-abdullah-ii-invests-in-star-trek-theme-park/ Star Trek theme park]] to be built in his country, which he will be funding.
** Abdullah follows his father Hussein in this regard. Hussein heavily encouraged Hollywood films to shoot in Jordan, including ''Film/LawrenceOfArabia'' and ''Film/MohammadMessengerOfGod'', providing considerable logistical support and military extras. He actually met his second wife (Abdullah's mother) while she worked on the ''Lawrence'' film crew.
** The late King Hussein was also an enthusiastic aviator, and personally had a hand in the founding of the nation's first aerobatic display team.
** King Hussein was also an avid ham radio operator, callsign JY1.
* [[UsefulNotes/HMTheQueen Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II]] is reportedly a big fan of ''Series/DoctorWho''. She's also a WrenchWench (or at least she was during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII).
** Michael Grade was the only BBC controller to have never been knighted. Grade is also the man most people consider to be responsible of the cancellation of the classic series. Take from that what you will.
** She's also a techie; at an age (born in ''1926'') where many people have long since stopped keeping pace with new technology, she is an avid [=BlackBerry=] user. It was ''her'' idea to televise her coronation (television then having only one channel that went off the air by the evening and still not as popular as radio), which gained popularity by the coronation. In the 1970s she sent the first email in the UK. She also enjoys [[http://www.wired.com/gamelife/2008/01/queen-elizabeth/ playing ''Wii Bowling'']]. When Obama first met with her, he considered an iPod to be an appropriate gift for her -- and she already had one. It's not just that: the iPod was ''her'' idea, as she had mentioned that hers was a generation or two out of date. Let the speculation as to whether she and Obama exchanged private numbers begin!
** She has also owned an iPad [[http://nypost.com/2011/05/09/queen-elizabeth-ii-buys-ipad/ from 2011]] to present day.
** She is also a Music/TheBeatles fan from the first hour. In 1965 the band were also the first music artists to receive a MBE medal.
* Prince Charles is, if anything, an even bigger nerd than his mother. Since his youth he has been a major fan of ''Radio/TheGoonShow'' to the point of making [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfhC587Wiik fan film]] (and doing a very creditable Bluebottle impersonation). Apart from that he is also the highest ranking noble Creator/MontyPython fan. He also went to visit Creator/PeterJackson in New Zealand and got to see the first Film/TheHobbit movie before the rest of the world did.
* According to Creator/StephenFry's 2014 memoires Princess Diana was a huge fan of ''Series/SpittingImage''. When Prince Charles and Princess Diana were leaving Fry's house after tea one day, the Princess stayed behind for a second and whispered in Fry's ear: "Sorry to leave early, but secretly I'm quite glad. "Spitting Image" is on tonight – I want to watch it in my room. They hate it of course, but I absolutely love it." [[note]] "Spitting Image" was a satirical puppet show lampooning celebrities, among which the British Royal Family. Fun fact: even Di herself wasn't spared, showing that she at least had a sense of self deprecating humour. [[/note]]
* Prince William is also a fan of ''Literature/TheHobbit''. According to Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins in the film adaptation), who met the prince, his knowledge about the novel is amazing.
* Elisabeth Bowes-Lyon, aka ''The Queen Mum'', watched ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' a lot. During the ''Who shot J.R.?'' mystery she even met actor Larry Hagman (J.R.) and told him: 'I am not going to ask you who shot you'. Hagman replied: 'I wouldn't say, not even to you, your majesty'." In 2011 her record collection was made public. Among the music she listened to were Montana Slim, {{Ska}}, Creator/NoelCoward, the soundtracks of ''Theatre/{{Oklahoma}}'' and ''Theatre/TheKingAndI'' and comedy records by [[Radio/HancocksHalfHour Tony Hancock]] and Radio/TheGoonShow. [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/theroyalfamily/8379979/The-Queen-Mothers-regal-taste-in-music.html]]
* Queen Margaretha II of Denmark is a major ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' fan, and has illustrated several editions of the Danish translation. She also studied archaeology when she went to uni, and remains an avid amateur archaeologist.
* 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 one of the few Belgian comic strip artists to ever have been 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.
* The Japanese Emperor UsefulNotes/{{Hirohito}} loved Disney cartoons. He visited Disneyland during his official visit to the United States and received a copy of his personal favorite Disney cartoon ''Disney/LambertTheSheepishLion'' as a gift. After his death Hirohito was buried wearing a WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse watch.
* [[TheEmperor Emperor]] Wilhelm II of [[{{Kaiserreich}} Imperial Germany]] had a penchant for war games and dashing uniforms, essentially being both a tabletop nerd and cosplayer before both subcultures even existed. He was also a bit of a tech geek: Wilhelm liked drawing conceptual sketches of warships and buildings and was particularly enthusiastic about the latest technology of the day, such as airships.
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* A copy of ''[[Recap/TintinTintinInTibet Tintin in Tibet]]'' was once given to the Dalai Lama. He was also photographed reading it. He in return awarded ComicBook/{{Tintin}} with the Truth of Light Award, for making a significant contribution to the public's understanding of Tibet.
* Pope John Paul II was a soccer player during his youth. His enthusiasm for the sport never waned. In 2004 he met members of the Polish National Football Team and told goal keeper Jerzy Dudek that he was fan of them. He is also the only pope to ever been made a Honorary Harlem Globetrotter, which happened when the sports team visited the Vatican in 2000. John Paul II is also the first pope to officially release a music album. In 1999 a CD was made, "Abbà Pater" (1999), which samples quotes from his speeches over liturgic music. The man was also a huge fan of the German TV detective series ''Series/{{Derrick}}''.
* 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.
* Radicial Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, best known for being a pain in the ass to the US in Iraq, received the derisive nickname "Mullah Atari" in seminary because he was gaming when he should have been studying.
* Reverend and Afro-American civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. was a fan of ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'', and [[http://scifiwire.com/2010/01/the-true-story-of-how-dr.php even convinced Nichelle "Uhura" Nichols not to quit the show.]], since she was cast in a role that had her as an equal among her crew in a job that wasn't a stereotype.
* Northern Irish reverend and activist Ian Paisley was guest in a 1988 episode of ''Radio/DesertIslandDiscs'' where most of the music he choose was religious choir music, except for a rendition of "Danny Boy" by Robert White and "Bound for Texas Land" by the Killycoogan Accordion Band.
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* The American military regularly makes ''Franchise/StarWars'' allusions. There are projects codenamed "X-wing" and "Death Star." Many soldiers are [[VideoGame/StarWarsRepublicCommando Fandalorians]], to the point of units getting tattoos that say "''vode an''".
*** Common in many western militaries. During the late 80s-early 90s, the one show guaranteed to fill a television lounge on a Canadian base? The newest episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZi4JxbTwPo The state legislature of Oregon once rick-rolled their state.]]
* Field Marshal [[{{UsefulNotes/ErwinRommel}} Erwin Rommel]] was an amateur mechanic during his teenage years, dismantled and repaired motorcycles and even built a (hardly) flyable glider. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen He hoped to become an engineer when he grew up]].
* During her 2012 appearance on ''Radio/DesertIslandDiscs'' Burmese activist Aung San Suu Kyi choose music by Music/WolfgangAmadeusMozart, Johann Pachelbel, Music/AntoninDvorak, Music/TheBeatles, Music/JohnLennon, Bilat Pyan Than, Mya Gyi and Music/TomJones as her favorites to take with her to a deserted island.
* Field Marshal Sir Alan Brooke - Chief of Staff of the [[{{UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire}} British Empire]] in WorldWarII - was a renowned ornithologist who even became president of the Zoological Society of London in his post-war years.
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** While Trump was reportedly not impressed with Creator/MelissaMcCarthy and her SNL portrayal of "Spicey", Spicer gave ApprovalOfGod the next day and said his one complaint was his gum addiction was blown way out of proportion. McCarthy in turn, worked this into a follow up sketch. Spicer is also known for his Spartan office space and lack of personal mementos. Reportedly the only hints that someone occupies his White House office are the picture of his wife and a Super-Soaker of the exact same make and model as the one used in one Gag in the SNL sketch. It's even filled with a liquid which he (maybe) jokingly claims is Soapy Water.
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** Hitler was a huge fan of Creator/WaltDisney and was said to have viewed Film/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarves multiple times. He even doodled a few of the characters (in full color too) during particularly boring war meetings. He was especially fond of drawling the Dwarves and Dopey in particular. Given his well known ambition to be an artist, one has to wonder if WeCouldHaveAvoidedThis if Disney had offered him a job.
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