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9th May '16 12:43:58 AM Nautilus1
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* [[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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* [[TheEmperor Emperor]] Wilhelm II of [[Kaiserreich [[{{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.
9th May '16 12:42:46 AM Nautilus1
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* King Wilhelm II of 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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* King [[TheEmperor Emperor]] Wilhelm II of [[Kaiserreich Imperial Germany 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.
21st Apr '16 11:04:49 AM JamesAustin
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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 ''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.

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* US President UsefulNotes/BarackObama UsefulNotes/BarackObama:
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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/{{Spider-Man}}'' ''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 ''Life of Pi, 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 ''Self-Reliance'' by Ralph Waldo Emerson Creator/RalphWaldoEmerson and Song ''Song of Solomon Solomon'' by Toni Morrison. Creator/ToniMorrison. Obama also loves Series/MASH ''[[Series/{{Mash}} M*A*S*H]]'' and Series/TheWire.''Series/TheWire''.



** It was also pretty well publicized that he and Michelle bought their daughters a {{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.

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** It was also pretty well publicized that he and Michelle bought their daughters a {{Wii}} 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.



** He seems to also be a fan of [[Franchise/StarWars Star Wars]], given his statement of intent to watch ''Film/TheForceAwakens' ' after a speech given in 2015.

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** He seems to also be a fan of [[Franchise/StarWars Star Wars]], ''Franchise/StarWars'', given his statement of intent to watch ''Film/TheForceAwakens' ' ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' after a speech given in 2015.



*** 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 [[{{Metroid}} Ice Beam]] to [[FunnyAneurysmMoment fight against Global Warming]]

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*** ** 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 [[{{Metroid}} [[VideoGame/{{Metroid}} Ice Beam]] to [[FunnyAneurysmMoment fight against Global Warming]]
21st Apr '16 10:28:16 AM JamesAustin
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* 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". UsefulNotes/NikitaKhrushchev wrote in his memoires that Stalin mockingly compared him to one of the characters in this picture.

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* 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". UsefulNotes/NikitaKhrushchev Khrushchev wrote in his memoires that Stalin mockingly compared him to one of the characters in this picture.



* Soviet leader UsefulNotes/MikhailGorbachev named his policy of letting Eastern European countries decide for themselves whether they wanted communism or democracy his ''My Way'' doctrine, after Music/FrankSinatra. This was an initiative suggested by his Minister of Foreign Affairs Eduard Shevernadze. [[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.

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* Soviet leader UsefulNotes/MikhailGorbachev named his policy of letting Eastern European countries decide for themselves whether they wanted communism or democracy his ''My Way'' doctrine, the "[[Music/FrankSinatra Sinatra]] Doctrine," after Music/FrankSinatra. This was an initiative suggested by his Minister of Foreign Affairs Eduard Shevernadze.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.
19th Apr '16 2:10:48 PM Willbyr
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*** And now [[TheLegendOfKoizumi he saves the world with MAHJONG!]]

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*** And now [[TheLegendOfKoizumi [[Manga/TheLegendOfKoizumi he saves the world with MAHJONG!]]
7th Apr '16 8:41:12 PM TheBookWasBetter
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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]].

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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]].
24th Mar '16 12:50:18 PM Alceister
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* King Wilhelm II of 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.
5th Mar '16 1:39:45 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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* A 2012 candidate for the Maine state senate [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=mHsdFijn3Bc was actually attacked]] [[NewMediaAreEvil by her opponent for playing]] VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft. When she won, she promptly linked to a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=mHsdFijn3Bc familiar theme]] on her Facebook page.

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* A 2012 candidate for the Maine state senate [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=mHsdFijn3Bc was actually attacked]] [[NewMediaAreEvil by her opponent for playing]] VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft. When she won, she promptly linked to a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=mHsdFijn3Bc com/watch?v=mHsdFijn3Bc familiar theme]] on her Facebook page.



** And according to ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' he has a zeppelin that he uses to duel with Creator/CoryDoctorow and can [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} evolve]] into [[{{Tron}} Tron Paul]] complete with light cycle [[http://xkcd.com/497/ .]]

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** And according to ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' he has a zeppelin that he uses to duel with Creator/CoryDoctorow and can [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} evolve]] into [[{{Tron}} Tron Paul]] -- [[http://xkcd.com/497/ complete with light cycle [[http://xkcd.com/497/ .cycle.]]
3rd Mar '16 6:29:19 PM AllenbysEyes
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* 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.



* 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''?" Nixon also enjoyed playing piano (in his younger days, he even composed a few songs himself) and read anything by Creator/LeoTolstoy.
3rd Mar '16 6:22:31 PM AllenbysEyes
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* 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]]. 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.
* UsefulNotes/GeraldFord took delight in reading Horatio Alger novels.

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* 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".''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. 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]].
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