Is Obama A Comic Book Evil Genius?

Barack Obama photo by credit: Evan El-Amin / Lex Luthor 2000 #1 from DC Comics, cover art by Glen Orbik.
Barack Obama photo credit: Evan El-Amin / Lex Luthor 2000 #1 from DC Comics, cover art by Glen Orbik.

It's a question we asked as it related to comics, but now the political media is asking it as well but for a very different reason.

Over on a liberal-leaning website called The Rational Middle (their own tag line is: "liberal thinking for the 21st century"), Michael Chase seems to think that the conservative coverage of President Barack Obama is likening him to a stereotypical comic book evil genius. Now regardless of your feelings for or against the sitting President, Chase's description of what he sees are the signs of an evil genius is interesting as are the examples he uses to prove his point.

Here is some of the article he wrote:

Whiplash is a common effect of collisions and, apparently, after listening to conservative media types and their minions in government explain current events. Based on current news bits floating in the mainstream and touching the shores of social media, President Obama is precisely like a super-villain found in comic books and the James Bond series. He is Loki without the magic, Dr. No without the plastic hands, Lex Luthor without Gene Hackman's charm. Come to think of it, one of the first posters to show up at Tea Party protests was a mash-up of Obama and the Joker (the creepy one from the last series of movies.)

After all, super-villains must fit a very particular pattern; they have the brilliance and financial backing to rule the world, but are always hopelessly incompetent when it comes to fleshing out the details (or just too stupid to simply shoot Bond in the face before telling him their plans.) And if the current crop of credulous, lazy, and cowardly reporters active in today's sham media are to be believed, President Obama is just that sort.

Chase goes on to give examples in the full article.

Maybe this is just a pet peeve of mine, but Chase goes into detail on what he thinks a comic book evil genius is, going so far as to lay out a "pattern" for them… yet he appears to only know of them from the movies. Is Gene Hackman's real estate scamming version the true evil genius of Lex Luthor? And would anyone consider Loki and evil genius by Chase's definition? Seems Chase has seens a few movies over the years (including the Batman with the creepy Joker in it) and has decided he knows what's in comic books.

If someone is going to present their case using comic books, it would be nice if that person at least appeared to have read one in their lifetime.

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About Dan Wickline

Has quietly been working at Bleeding Cool for over three years. He has written comics for Image, Top Cow, Shadowline, Avatar, IDW, Dynamite, Moonstone, Humanoids and Zenescope. He is the author of the Lucius Fogg series of novels and a published photographer.
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