Useful Notes: Barack Obama
"Yes We Can".
Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States of America, succeeding George W. Bush
. Born in Honolulu to a white American mother and a Kenyan father, he spent his childhood in Indonesia and Hawaii before attending Harvard Law School and eventually settling in Chicago, where he worked as a community organizer and a college professor before being elected to the state Senate in 1996, and from there to the U.S. Senate in 2004.
He's relatively young (47 on taking office
), quite intelligent
, physically attractive, in a visibly loving relationship
with his equally attractive wife, and is often seen publicly with his school-age children in non-political contexts. He is also the first American president to be mixed-race (the son of a White mother and a Black father), and is cited as proof that the Civil Rights Movement
has paid off.
Satirical portrayals of Obama play up his idealism. Leftists attack him for being too nice to Republicans, while right-wingers attack him for having a naive idea
of how things work in the real world. We also see his ginormous ears.
The racial dynamic has resulted in Obama being treated oftentimes as The Generic Guy
. Nobody wants to run into the Magical Negro
archetype so they play it safe. If the continued success of satirical shows like The Daily Show
is any consideration, this actually hasn't been anywhere near as limiting as it sounds.
has announced his intention to create a biographical film about Obama, as a Spiritual Successor
to his acclaimed film Lincoln
. See the announcement for it here.
"I'm Barack Obama, and I approve these tropes:"
- Academic Athlete: A POTUS from Harvard Law who also loves basketball (he was even playing hoops with his staff during election day). ESPN does a yearly feature where Obama will fill a March Madness bracket; he's noted for playing it safe and taking the chalk (the higher-seeded favorites).
- AcCENT Upon the Wrong SylLABle: Jon Stewart will occasionally pronounce the President's name flatly as "BA-ruck OH-buh-muh" instead of "ba-ROCK uh-BAH-muh". British media favours either "BA-ruck" (like the word 'barrack') or "buh-RACK uh-BAH-muh". The President feeds some of this himself, as he tends to use pronunciations (especially of foreign proper nouns) which are more accurate than but different to common American pronunciation. e.g. He pronounces Pakistan "pock-uh-STON" rather than "PACK-uh-stan". It should also be noted that while Obama pronounces his given name with the accent on the second syllable, his father, economist Barack Hussein Obama I, did indeed stress the first syllable.
- Analogy Backfire: Comparisons to Lincoln and Kennedy, who were both assassinated. Lampshaded in a "Between the Lines" segment of Mock the Week:
Greg (Obama): Ladies and gentlemen, I'm going to attempt to emulate my political heroes: Lincoln, Kennedy, Martin Luther King.
Hugh (Inner Obama): I'm going to be assassinated.
- Angry Black Man: Averted. Obama normally projects an unflappably calm demeanor, and is often nicknamed "No-Drama Obama" by insiders. No matter how incendiary the situation, Obama has never been seen to yell angrily at people, and at worst simply raises his voice and speaks forcibly like a stern father. Some believe this is due to social training of many black professionals, who constantly keep their emotions in check to avoid being seen as volatile.
- Awesome McCoolname:
- "Barack" means 'blessed' in his father's native language (Kiswahili, a.k.a. Swahili). It also means 'lightning' in Hebrew (though the Hebrew word is transliterated differently).
- Chris Rock commented in one stand-up about how awesome Obama's name is:
Chris Rock: Barack Obama. That sounds like a guy waving a spear!
- Michael McIntyre did a bit subverting this trope:
Michael McIntyre: Barack Hussein Obama is a terrible name to run for american president. "Barack" sounds like "Iraq", "Hussein" reminds one of Saddam Hussein and "Obama" sounds like "Osama". But still he did. He became president. And I imagine many young black kids here in Britain see this and think "I could get elected Prime Minister! If I work hard and devote myself, I can make it" — "No, I don't think so Adolf Mugabe Fritzl."
- Patton Oswalt did a similar thing in a bit about time-traveling to his 1998 self:
Patton Oswalt: His real name is Barack Hussein Obama. So, we basically elect a jamba juice supplement with a dictator's middle name...(later on) Yeah, I'm gonna vote for Ginseng Hitler Bee-pollen.
- Spoofed when President Obama made a state visit to Ireland, and joked about trying to reclaim the apostrophe that got dropped from his family's name. He himself once said:
"When I call, they would wonder what this Muslim, or worse, this Irish O'Bama wants to do."
- Awesome Moment of Crowning: Screwed up slightly. During the biggest inauguration ceremony in decades, John Roberts flubbed part of the oath, which Obama repeated. Roberts misplaced the word "faithfully", which Obama paused for him to correct, then repeated the mistake himself. They corrected that later, and most of the rest went smoothly. The redo didn't stop certain elements from declaring the entire thing illegitimate on account of the flub, of course. However, they forget that whether the Oath is taken correctly at precisely twelve noon or not, the President-elect automatically becomes President at precisely noon on Inauguration Day, so the whole thing is moot.
- Background Halo: Taking various photos of Obama with a halo around his head has become a meme◊.
- Bait-and-Switch Comparison:
"So I've cut the tension by bringing a new friend to the White House. He's warm, he's cuddly, loyal, enthusiastic. You just have to keep him on a tight leash. Every once in a while he goes charging off in the wrong direction and gets himself into trouble. But enough about Joe Biden."
- Black and Nerdy:
- He collects comics (his favorites are Spider-Man and Conan the Barbarian, and he made a Superman reference during the campaign).
- He greeted Leonard Nimoy with the "Live long and prosper" Vulcan salute, and reportedly mocked his wife's fancy belt buckle by using it as a Star Trek communicator and announcing that "we have the dilithium crystals."
- He looks distinctly nerdy in these◊ photos◊.
- His tech-focused campaign and apparent love of astronauts also gain him some nerd points.
- During a March, 2010 stop in Iowa, he stopped in a local bookstore and was photographed buying a copy of all six Star Wars movies.
- He plays video games. At a minimum, we know he plays Wii Sports bowling. On the other side of the spectrum, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk gifted him The Witcher 2 when he visited Poland in May 2011.
- He was on MythBusters. That's the nerd Brass Ring.
- He follows Aperture Science on Twitter.
- His Tumblr feed referenced◊ Mean Girls for the first 2012 debate.
- He's a huge film geek. During his 2008 campaign for the White House, Katie Couric asked Obama what were his favorite movies. He listed Casablanca ("Who doesn't like Casablanca?" he added), Lawrence of Arabia, The Godfather Parts One and Two, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. "I can rattle off a bunch of movies," said Obama, "I'm a movie guy."
- Blessed with Suck: Congratulations on becoming President of the United States! Now you have to deal with a recession, two wars, crumbling infrastructure, very angry people on both sides, healthcare reform, myriad foreign affairs difficulties, environmental degradation of various types... good luck! Obama himself once joked that this might be the first time the winner of an election would have reason to ask for a recount. The Onion ran an article after he was elected with the headline "Black Man Given Nation's Worst Job."
- Both Sides Have a Point: Obama's book The Audacity of Hope often employed "On the one hand... on the other hand" examinations of the merits of both sides of political impasses, and at his first major national speech at the 2004 Democratic convention he confidently declared "We worship an awesome God in the blue states, and we don't like federal agents poking around our libraries in the red states — we coach Little League in the blue states and have gay friends in the red states." Unfortunately for him, conservatives quickly attacked him as a closet radical socialist, while liberals grew frustrated with his perceived caving to Republican interests.
- But Not Too Black: Many black people were concerned about this early in the election. Some claimed he wasn't really black because they considered blacks to be those descended from slaves, whereas Obama's father was a native African. This may have been to his advantage though, as he didn't have the baggage of 350 years of oppression. Even aside from the early election, perspectives vary, partially due to mixed race rarely being a cultural identity in the US; most feel pressured to fit into one of the existing cultural groupings.
- But Not Too Foreign: Some say he is ineligible to be president because it is constitutionally illegal for any but a natural born US citizen to be elected to the office. Since Obama brought forth his birth certificate the issue has been dropped, except by a few fringe conspiracy theorists.
- Catch Phrase: "Yes We Can!", "Change", "Hope for America", "What I have said is", "There are those who say", and "Let me be clear".
- The Chessmaster: Andrew Sullivan noted how Obama seems to play "the long game", in which Obama seems to waffle on a topic early on, only to reveal he had been waiting either for a proper alignment of political allies or else waiting for his enemies to self-destruct.
- Conspiracy Theory:
- A faction of individuals called "Birthers" believe, despite his birth certificate being viewed and verified several times during his life before he even ran for president, that Obama is actually Kenyan. A slightly less frequently aired theory about his citizenship is his giving up his US citizenship when he was living in Indonesia.
- Another theory is that Obama has dual American and British citizenship, the British being inherited from his Kenyan father. Allegedly this is illegal for a president (although Grover Cleveland still held office with dual American and British citizenship).
- A good many people have dedicated YouTube videos to proving that "Yes We Can" backwards is "Hail Satan!" Ignoring the fact that the number of syllables are different, all of the videos point out to the viewers what they ought to be hearing before playing the phrase backwards, thus creating bias. Lovely.
- For the record, we're pretty sure Obama is neither gay nor in love with Oprah. Both of which are courtesy of the Sun, even though the two stories contradict each other.
- Let's not even get into the ones that think that he's a secret Muslim.
- Or a communist trying to destroy the country.
- And now there's people claiming that he carefully timed or even outright faked Osama bin Laden's death to boost his popularity. The same ones who claim Bin Laden's admission to terrorist acts were fake, no doubt.
- Continuity Nod: In his 2008 acceptance speech he said "Sasha and Malia, I love you both more than you can imagine, and you have earned the new puppy that's coming with us to the White House." In his 2012 acceptance speech he tells his daughters "But I will say that for now one dog's probably enough".
- Curb-Stomp Battle: His race against Alan Keyes in 2004, taking the Senate seat from the Republican Party with a massive 22% swing, in what was otherwise a good year for the Republicans. People have, with varying degrees of seriousness, suggested why Keyes is one of the most prominent "birthers".
Barack Obama in fiction:
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- Numerous advertisements use lookalikes, sound-alikes, silhouettes, and other No Celebrities Were Harmed versions of Obama. Some, usually pushing some sort of financial service, often featured clips of Obama shortly after the election discussing the economic crisis. Others just begin the ad with a gratuitous name drop ("Barack Obama is repairing the economy..."), to the point of becoming an Ear Worm. Interestingly, other countries are even more likely to include fake Obamas in their ads than the US. One famous campaign in Spain is for a free weekends cellphone plan called "Yes Weekend." It features an Obama lookalike chanting "YES, WE KEND! YES, WE KEND!"
- The man himself does appear in a commercial encouraging and supporting public service.
Anime & Manga
- After a trip to Japan, he discovered that the town he was visiting was in fact called "Obama". Consequently, Japanese media has been referencing him for a while.
- A blatant Captain Ersatz of Obama ("John Omaha") has appeared in the Air Gear manga.
- Axis Powers Hetalia:
- The personification of America excitedly shouts "Yeah Obama we can change!" after helping Estonia catch a cracker (...cracker?) who was putting Russian propaganda in Estonia's computer. The strip is based on an event that took place only a few months after then-Senator Obama announced his presidential run, so apparently he was a supporter since the beginning.
- The author also drew a sketch of America holding Bo, the new little puppy of the Obamas.
- A Certain Magical Index: The "Angel Fall" spell causes everyone's appearance to change without them noticing, except for a few who managed to escape the effects. The lead turns on the news, only to discover that President Obama has been swapped with a certain lesbian schoolgirl, who uses Obama's "Yes we can!" Catch Phrase.
- In the Tournament Arc of Gamble Fish, Obama gets a cameo in the form of King Omaha, introduced as the hero who will turn the tide of depression in the US. Complete with the "Yes we can" catchphrase. He also nets a few moments of Heroic Resolve.
- In Gintama 165 episode, which is in bigger part a halucination caused by fever, Katsura due to virus became a cross between Will Smith and Barack Obama, and a catchphrase "Yes, we can!" used.
- Gundam 00:
- The leader of the United Nations bears a remarkable resemblance to Obama, earning him the nickname '00bama''. His replacement at the end of the series is a woman. Think about that for a moment.
- Gundam 00 also has a minor (but sympathetic) squad leader in the A-Laws who looks possibly biracial and is named Barack.
- In the 20th chapter of Heaven's Lost Property, Obama cameos during the global emergency of... a zoo animal breakout.
- Obama Mifuyu of Kurogane Pukapuka Tai is unrelated... probably.
- There is an Obama H-Doujinshi (My Neighbour Taro-kun) out there. It's even weirder than you're probably thinking. Starring Obama and other political leaders, the "story" involves (most prominently) Obama having sex with his neighbor's kinky maid — and then an orgy with Hillary Clinton present.
- The very first promo for Minami-ke Okaeri had Kana also using the "Yes we can!" catchphrase in the exact Obama intonation.
- In Tiger & Bunny, the mayor of Sternbild and his wife bear more than passing physical resemblances to Barack and Michelle Obama, although said mayor has a baby son who figures into one of the episodes, instead of two daughters.
- Obama has made several Lawyer Friendly Cameos in the 2008 Yatterman anime. One of the more memorable ones featured a preadolescent Obama romancing a preadolescent Hillary Clinton, that episode being broadcast while the two of them were still competing fiercely IRL for the democratic presidential candidacy.
- He made a cameo appearance at the conclusion of a story arc in Luann that featured Luann, Bernice, and Delta (who had wanted to see him) visiting Washington DC. (His face was not actually shown.)
- He is also at the center of the next Army of Darkness comic arc, entitled "Ash Saves Obama".
- And in another independent series, Barack The Barbarian (written by Larry Hama), he's the lead of a barbarian fantasy parody title which casts all the major players of the '08 election in a Conan-type universe.
- And of course, on an alternate DCU Earth, he's actually Superman.◊ He wasn't kidding.
- Obama appears in the IDW series Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters, lamenting that if dealing with a bad economy, a war, and a giant oil spill weren't bad enough, now he has a giant radioactive monster destroying Japan. As of the second issue he became "President Ogden."
- He is accepted by the fanbase to be the natural choice of sector 2814's blue ring bearer. For those who don't read Green Lantern, Blue Lanterns symbolize hope. This all assumes the DC verse actually has an Obama, instead of the latest in its long line of various generic "president" characters however.
- In the Marvel Universe, President Obama won the electoral vote, but in a three-way race, a plurality in the popular vote went to Stephen Colbert.
- Antarctic Press is publishing a mini-series entitled President Evil which features President "Ba-rot" Obama fighting zombies. Covers so far parody Army of Darkness, 28 Days Later and The Evil Dead, and the last fourth issue will apparently be sub-titled "Yes, We Cannibal!" Bonus points to Arctic Press, as the cover is the "Hope" poster featuring zombie Obama.
- Though his face was not seen, it was implied that he was the one who elected Norman Osborn as King of Everything at the end of Secret Invasion via the shade of the President's hand that presented Osborn. It was later retconned that Obama's predecessor was the one who held the Idiot Ball during that particular decision. Later, Obama pardoned Captain America for his crimes during Civil War and authorized Osborn's takedown.
- President Obama's comic book ubiquity continues to rise as there is at least one entire comic book series about himself but there's even one specifically about his wife. Seeing those comics on the shelves at the local comic shop is rather surreal. There's even a comic book about his dog.
- Appears as a cyborg within the Steampunk Palin comic book.
- The Barbarian Hero of the 2009 series Barack the Barbarian may look familiar. The idea spawned from the fact the real Obama collects Conan the Barbarian comics.
- In the Daria Expanded Universe, the "Daylight" fanfic The Hope Mission has a relief effort begun on a decimated Earth by the citizens of another Earth where Obama is President. Among the items sent is a laptop computer and a DVD with a message of support to the survivors. The speech he gives sounds just like a real President Obama speach.
- In Fuck The Jesus Beam, Obama appears as a villain. His in-story character is named, prepare yourself, BaROCK Dominatus Caesar Inferno Vespucci Giovanni Goku Super Sexy Awesome Absolute GOD O.B.A.M.A. He is apparently a KenyaN terrorist. And yes, those capitalizations are actually in the story, but no, the story is not filled with errors. It's intentional.
Films — Live-Action
- He's featured (played by an actor) in My Name Is Khan.
- Mentioned very briefly as being escorted to an undisclosed location in the Mojave Desert in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen . Word of God was that this was Michael Bay's tribute to Obama. Overall, however, the film puts Obama in a bad light. Director Galloway, an Obstructive Bureaucrat who works against the heroes, repeatedly states that he gets his authority from President Obama as his National Security Advisor.
- He's mentioned a number of times on 30 Rock. In the first two seasons, Obama is Liz's preferred candidate for president in 2008. This is first mentioned in an episode from early 2007 where Liz tries to get Jenna to publicly endorse Obama, but Jenna, due to her stupidity, ends up accidentally endorsing Osama bin Laden instead. Also, the final season had a two-part episode about the 2012 election with Liz supporting Obama and Jack supporting Romney.
- Special Guest Appearance: on the first episode for Operation Iraqi Stephen, the real President Obama shows up to "order" the chief of operations to give Stephen Colbert an army buzz cut to fully show his support for the troops. He even makes a joke about his own ears.
- Similarly, an optimistic black community leader is the Victim of the Week in Cold Case while a (white) aspiring politician from a rough background (so rough that his sister is effectively his first lady, if you know what I mean) is featured in another episode.
- Appears in the first part of the Doctor Who story "The End of Time", with a lot of blocking shots and hands covering his face. As per Russell T Davies' tendency to mock the US in his scripts, the Master transforms him (and all of humanity) into Master clones.
- A villain in Engine Sentai Go-onger became Prime Minister of Japan and promised change... by destroying a ton of buildings. And, he said "Yes we can!" in all of its engrishy glory.
- Obama is the president in both of the Fringe universes. The way they introduced the alternate universe was to show a newspaper with the headline that's he taken office and then reveal that Olivia was actually standing inside one of the World Trade Centre towers. Apparently the Obama in our universe dislikes Broyles. Because Broyles beat him at golf.
- In the final episode of Gilmore Girls, Rory leaves Stars Hollow for a job as a campaign reporter following the Obama primary campaign.
- In House, one of the patients of the week was a young, eloquent black Senator, former community organizer and Presidential candidate. What makes that episode particularly freaky was that it first aired in April 2005, almost two years before Obama officially announced his run for the presidency, back when he was only a lowly Senator known almost solely for his speech at the 2004 Democratic Convention.
- Sketch-comedy show Little Britain USA was filmed prior to the November 2008 elections, but twice featured a serious and competent black president playing straight man to the flamboyant and bumbling Prime Minister of England.
- Obama has made an cameo appearance on MythBusters in December 2010.
- The 22nd running of the Ninja Warrior obstacle course had a Barack Obama impersonator, complete with the entire crowd waving handheld US flags and chanting, "Yes we can!" "Obama" falls at the Jumping Spider obstacle. The announcer cries out, "No, you can't!" when he loses.
- The two younger kids in the Britcom Outnumbered have mentioned him a few times; Ben believes that in his spare time, Obama drives a London bus ("he's the leader of the free world, he can do anything he likes"), while 7-year-old Karen is upset that he hasn't answered any of her letters and likes to add him into her drawings, usually doing something suitably awesome like riding a dragon.
- The "birther" conspiracy theory is spoofed in the Parks and Recreation episode "Born & Raised". While Leslie is running for city council as part of a larger story arc, it's charged that she was not born in Pawnee, but in the hated rival town of Eagleton. Unlike with the real conspiracy theory, this turns out to be true, but Leslie manages to convince her opponents that she is as Pawneean as anyone actually born there.
- Royal Canadian Air Farce has Alan Park playing Obama. Unlike Armisen, he has absolutely nothing in common with Obama (this is common with both him and Roger Abbott's George W Bush). They don't even try to get the voices down.
- Obama is played by Fred Armisen (who, like Obama, is of mixed origin, only Armisen is Venezuelan on his mom's side and German and Japanese on his father's side) on Saturday Night Live, who, despite being white enough to regularly play Steve Jobs (or Prince [who, like Obama, is also half-black, half-white]), does the part with just a wig and some tape to make his ears stick out. These sketches seem a lot less afraid of Unfortunate Implications than most parodies, though SNL has made similar casting decisions in the past, most famously the even-whiter-than-Armisen Darrell Hammond as Jesse Jackson (with Hammond in tan make-up). Dwayne Johnson (who is Black-Canadian on his dad's side and Samoan on his mom's side) also played Barack Obama — or to be more precise, his Incredible Hulk-esque alter ego called "The Rock" Obama, who throws anyone who angers or disagrees with him out the window of the Oval Office. From the season 38 onward, Obama is played by Jay Pharoah.
- In season 5 of True Blood, there is a gang of murderous racists who disguise themselves with Barack Obama masks. A frustrated Sheriff Andy tells some idiotic reporters that President Obama is not associated with nor is he supporting the gang.
- In an interesting twist of reality-imitating-fiction, the last season of The West Wing had Hispanic candidate Matt Santos winning the Presidency. Matt Santos was based on a then barely-known senator named Barack Obama. Not only that, his opponent was a much older Republican centrist. AND both Santos and Obama appointed a major rival Presidential candidate as his Secretary of State. We're through the looking glass, people.
- He isn't directly namedropped, but in Stephen King's Under the Dome the local selectman receives a letter from the President and notes that "he'd signed all three of his names, including the terrorist one in the middle." And a bumper sticker with the slogan "Yes We Can, Again" implies not only a timeframe for the novel, but that Obama was elected to a second term in King's universe.
- During the drawn-out primary, WWE once had Obama and Hilary impersonators who wrestled each other. This was after videotaped appearances from both Democratic hopefuls, as well as John McCain.
- WWE has taken to using footage of Obama's press conferences, to create mock conferences of their own, to promote their "Capitol Punishment" Pay-Per-View event. It's exactly as silly as it sounds.
- In the Xbox Live game, Angry Barry, a Hulked-out Obama beats old ladies to death with busses to collect votes.
- Advertisements for his campaign were implemented by Electronic Arts for updating billboards in Burnout Paradise if the player was connected online with his/her console.
- In Madden NFL 11 and 12 and NBA 2K11, the players can go meet Barack Obama post-game for a congratulatory meeting.
- During the campaign, Mercenaries 2 released DLC that made Obama a playable character, along with Sarah Palin.
- Japanese game company AlCot has released a eroge called My Girlfriend Is the President, in which due to a freak accident involving aliens and brainwashing, Japan adopts a presidential system similar to that of the US, with Yukino Ohama (the titular girlfriend) as the President of Japan. There's even a long speech ending with Obama's trademark Catch Phrase. Well, sort of...
- Main character in Obama Alien Defense; see here.
- In Perfect Dark, the president of the United States is a black man that bears a remarkable resemblance to Barack Obama, despite the fact that it was made several years before Obama's presidency.
- A popular nickname for the Pokémon Abomasnow is Obamasnow.
- Obama also appears in an advertisement for Rabbids Go Home, where he is about to deliver a speech when the Rabbids come in and steal his clothes.
- One of the promotional videos for Scribblenauts had the playtesters try to summon Barack Obama. It didn't work. In the first game, the President is a white man in a blue suit, in the sequel, they changed the president's model, it now looks like Obama in the game's lighthearted style. He's also one of the playable avatars.
- Given a staring role in the Fafnir The Dragon arc "Barack to the Future!", starting here.
- Obama appeared in a Scrambled Eggs comic and performed Elton John's "Rocket Man." Quint hoped that Obama would then insult the Teen Idol scheduled to appear that night, but after he refused to, Quint exclaimed, "What good is Obama if he won't tell you what you want to hear?"
- Appears briefly in Shortpacked! in his senator-competing-for-presidential-candidacy days. He is shown physically wrestling with Hillary Clinton. During the election proper, he appears in this strip with opponent John McCain.
- Is a recurrent character in Sinfest as Barackstar and a superhero, among other things.
- The Symmetrical Breadpazoid has the No Celebrities Were Harmed version.
- Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff: Barack Obana weighing in on matters of the econony is a recurring feature of the series. He's the subject of a bit of Nonstandard Character Design: whereas everyone and everything else is low-quality MS Paint scribbles, he's a low-quality photo. Apparently, "not even BARACK obana can bail him out of THIS JAM!", this jam being the theft of videogames by a squirrel. Obana even has his own Twitter account.
- Tragic Deaths has a character named "Ranch Obama" which is either a bottle of ranch with Obama's head, or Obama with a bottle of ranch for a body... no-one's really sure which.
- What do you get when you cross the 2008 presidential campaign, Steam Punk, and pulp fantasy? Barack Obama Vs The Pirates Of Wichita and its various sequels, where politicians are Physical Gods whose wars for the Oval Throne shake... eh... can't think of a way to end this sentence, so just read it already.
Also, according to rumor, a single tear from Obama's cheek can slay demons and cure vilitigo and impetigo. His stride is as of a titan's, seven leagues at a time, and while he holds a microphone in his hand he canst take no mortal wound nor shed a single drop of his own blood. He speaks the native tongue of birds, and converses happily with all beasts of hoof and paw, even to the lowliest vole and marmot. Gracious as the kings of old, Obama carries no money nor answers unkind word with like. Peonies spring up where his feet trod, and were he to lay his weary head upon the ground a mighty cedar, like unto the old father trees of Bsharri and Barouk, would spring forth to shade his noble brow. In the elven tongue he is Lothlornienel, with means "Laughter in the High Places", and the dwarves call him earthfriend, as well as "Khazad ak Manu", which means "He who does not wear patriotic lapel pins." His is the drill that shall pierce the heavens: believe in him believing in you! The Neocons speak of him in hushed tones in their shadowed, dusty halls, and refer to the ancient scrolls of the fallen empire of Mnem, which foretells of the coming of the Dusky Childe, who shall scourge their number from the halls and rotundas and tear down the altars in the high places and bring the three terrible plagues of Health Care and White Guilt and Political Transparency. They say that he will travel to Shibboleth – where the heart of Karl Rove is kept, inanimate, inside a Canopic jar – and break the seals and feast upon the contents therein: and with the power thus consumed he will erect a throne of jade and jasper and lapus lazuli, and rule upon it, and the thunderous gnashing of teeth from the Red States will play Hail to the Chief as he ascends the dais.
- In the Jib Jab '08 election animated short, Obama is shown as something akin to a Disney Princess, frolicking with cuddly forest animals. A later video portrays him as a superhero.
- In Fear, Loathing and Gumbo on the Campaign Trail '72 (an Alternate History scenario about a different 1972 presidential election), Obama has not appeared in person but apparently authored some of the books that the timeline takes extracts from: he seems to have become a professor in political history.
- Given The Salvation War is an Alternate History which branches off from the real world in early 2008, it's not the least bit surprising to see Barack Obama as the US President in the second book, Pantheocide.
- In the Spoony One's review of Make My Video (from the '90s), there's a wheelchair-bound Corrupt Corporate Executive with an Evil Laugh whom Spoony notes bears a remarkable resemblance to then-Senator Obama, whom he dubs "Evil Barack Obama". He ends the video by popping up again to declare "I'm Evil Barack Obama, and I approve this message. Mwahahaha!"
- When discussing a plot point in the video game Tom Clancys HAWX, Zero Punctuation uses him as the President, when Yahtzee is dissecting the idea of schemers plotting to kill The President. Weird how disconcerting it is to see a general smiling-Obama face with Xs over the eyes, even when the point of the talk is how stupid that kind of plot would be to any self-respecting greedy evil corporation. He also uses him as a stand-in for Louis in his Left 4 Dead review.
- He appears in the American Dad! episode "Incident at Owl Creek", where, after accidentally defecating into his neighbor's pool, Stan is humiliated by everyone. He devises a plan to make President Obama make the same faux-pas, negating his shame. It was All Just a Dream but Stan still shits himself.
- In Batman: The Brave and the Bold, he suddenly appears at the end of "Cry Freedom Fighters!" to thank Plastic Man and the Freedom Fighters. Plas doesn't recognize him. Of course, Plas' knowledge of U.S. history is...a bit off in general.
- The Boondocks has a decidedly negative depiction of the president. Since the season 3 premiere, he has been depicted as an Obstructive Bureaucrat whose long and inspiring speeches do nothing in the face of uncertain times.
- Barack Obama also appears in The Cleveland Show, challenging Cleveland to a game of basketball. And winning handily.
Obama: I better call my Secretary of Education because... you just got schooled. I can also call my Secretary of Treasury... because that jump was money. I'd also like to—
Secret Service Man: Sir, we really have to go.
Obama: Uh, one moment. I can also call my Secretary of Defense... because I am the bomb. Wheels up!
- In the Family Guy episode "New Kidney in Town", Obama visits Quahog, and Chris' entire English class is assigned to write an essay about hope. Chris uses things he heard from Meg to write his essay, and he's selected to read it to introduce Obama. Chris and Meg eventually read the speech together. After that, Obama appears dressed like Conrad Birdie and performs the song "Honestly Sincere".
- In Metalocalypse Episode "Dethhealth", Murderface has a series of hallucinations, one of which is a very brief, few-seconds long shot of President Obama standing outside the White House.
- In South Park, Obama is the main character in the episode "About Last Night". The episode deals with the results of the presidential election — and the fact the episode came out the day after it was declared Obama won the election. It is awesome enough, but just read the description. It is about how the entire presidential election was a ruse by Obama, McCain, Michelle Obama, and the surprisingly intellectual Sarah Palin to steal the Hope Diamond from the Smithsonian Museum, Oceans Eleven style.