Obama Camp Claims He’s Batman


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This week, the Obama campaign went gaga for Batman. Sure, The Dark Knight Rises is coming out on Friday – and sure, it’ll make a fortune. Any competent campaign would be eager to tie their campaign to the popularity of Batman.

But the Obama campaign doesn’t really get Batman.

How do we know? Well, they tried to exploit Batman in two ways. First, they tried to suggest that Bain Capital, Mitt Romney’s old hedge fund, was evil … just like the villain in the new Batman movie, who happens to be named Bane. “It has been observed that movies can reflect the national mood,” Democratic advisor Christopher Lehane told the Washington Examiner. “Whether it is spelled Bain and being put out by the Obama campaign or Bane and being out by Hollywood, the narratives are similar: a highly intelligent villain with offshore interests and a past both are seeking to cover up who had a powerful father and is set on pillaging society.”

Wrong. The creator of Bane, Chuck Dixon, who is apparently a conservative, quickly called this “ridiculous.” The good news, says Dixon: “Overgrasping Dems? Hey, if it gets Obama supporters into theaters. Maybe they’ll buy thousands of Bane toys to throw at Romney. It all adds to MY Bane capital.”

So the Democrats turned to exploiting the new Batman movie another way: they’re calling Obama and Joe Biden “the Dynamic Duo.” Only one problem: Batman – Bruce Wayne – is a multi-billionaire who fights the evil forces of the Occupy Wall Streeters like Catwoman in the new movie. In fact, Catwoman tells Batman, “There’s a storm coming, Mr. Wayne. You and your friends better batten down the hatches. Because when it hits you’re all going to wonder how you ever thought you could live so large and leave so little for the rest of us.” The 99% speaking.

And there’s no Robin in the movie. And even if there were a Robin … well, nobody likes Robin. He’s annoying and silly and a tad odd. So at least there’s an argument to be made that Biden is like the Boy Wonder, even if Barack is no caped crusader.

In truth, Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy has, thus far, been quite conservative. The first film, Batman Begins, suggested that government is corrupt, private individuals with great wealth can help protect the populace, and individuals can triumph over collective solutions (the villain in that film wants to watch Gotham City go down in flames so that it can rebuild in a better way). The second film, The Dark Knight, is an ode to George W. Bush’s anti-terror methodologies – Bruce Wayne constructs a PATRIOT Act-like system of bugging every cellphone in Gotham to track down the ruthless terrorist Joker. (And we never hear about the Joker’s bad childhood or poverty-ridden teenage years; he’s just bad.)  The press turns against Batman for fighting terror too wholeheartedly; the population wants to concede to the terrorists. But Batman wins anyway—at the cost of his popularity.  (George W. take heart.)

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  • DonaldYoungsRevenge

    Mr. Shapiro, will you please organize about 10 articles on the subject of “how to usurp the office of the President of the United States?” I say 10, there may be enough material to do a 20 part series. It seems that Front Page fears something in that they are ignoring the scandal of the century. I hope they are waiting for an August or September or October dump of material. It is obvious as hell that they are intentionally avoiding the issue. There are some great men and women of reputation that participate here at Front Page, shame on all of them for not being all over this. The President has become a National Security risk for crying out loud. Frank Gaffney and Diana West and Lord Charles Monckton are wholeheartedly convinced that this President is getting away with using fraudulent documents. Monckton has written a 20 page report that he has given to his patriot Brits warning them of the scandal that lies ahead.

    • Jon_Babtist

      Obama and Batman are both fantasies. One is fighting bad guys and one is destroying the Constitution.
      Don't hold your breath that Ben Shapiro will mention one word about the evidence brought forward by
      Sheriff Joe Arpaio showing Obama to be engaged in serious document and identity fraud.

  • annem040359

    Look for this to backfire against the President Barack Obama re-election campaign and could very well make Mitt Romney all the more attractive to voters.

  • robertpinkerton

    "And there’s no Robin in the movie. And even if there were a Robin … well, nobody likes Robin." For fifty-five years (I am 68.) I have been of the opinion that Batman is a pederast and Robin his catamite, which added to my disgust at the very idea of "super(?)"-heros. Super-hero, schmuper-hero, stupor-hero, pooper-hero.

    • tagalog

      Perhaps I'm a bit more naive, but in that portion of my 66 years in which I read comic books (or thought about them), I always thought Robin was more like a ward (which is how he was described in the old comics) of Bruce Wayne, and an apprentice to Batman. I never for a moment thought there was anything improper about their relationship.

      • Lady_Dr

        Same here – this is exactly what I always thought. And I thought that Bruce Wayne kind of hid behind Robin – he was an excuse for him not to have a girlfriend, or even friends. And he needed an assistant, so that job fell to Robin. I never much liked Robin because he was so wimpy (but never did it occur to me there was anything sexual about either of them) and seemed to lack independence and drive.

  • tagalog

    “Whether it is spelled Bain and being put out by the Obama campaign or Bane and being out by Hollywood, the narratives are similar: a highly intelligent villain with offshore interests and a past both are seeking to cover up who had a powerful father and is set on pillaging society.”

    Well, the libbies have finally acknowledged that their approach to political debate is no different from Hollywood's melodramas.

  • Schlomotion

    This article is an example of sad state of the American education system. When Harvard graduates start authoring political analysis based on Batman and written in textspeak, you know it's time to run for the hills.

  • Jaladhi

    Ah the Batman. Perhaps he is Joker in the guise of Batman!!

  • 080

    Well, the Democratic Party has gone to the Batroom in public too.

  • Ricky Michael

    I was thinking he's more like Captain B.O. Nothing stinks worse than Obama-care.

  • Ghostwriter

    I'm in agreement with tagalog. I've read a few "Batman" comics and I've seen a number of the series. The relationship between Batman and Robin is a lot like a mentor-apprentice relationship. Like Batman,Robin lost his parents when he was young. Batman helped fill the void and he became his ward. And,he helped Batman out of more than a few scrapes.

  • BLJ

    Obama is more like Erkel. A lying, deceitful, anti-American version of course.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Obama and his entire crew are bats and their followers (voters) are bats that have taken over
    our Capitol for a belfry. Pigman to the rescue……….'OINK' obviously I'm not kidding……
    Bosh Fawstin has a great take on all of this in relation to Super Hero's……….Personally
    I brake for superpowers……………………………………………William

  • pyeatte

    Saw Batman last night. Great movie, but it was very obvious to anyone, that Bane and his mob resembled the OWS riots in Oakland, which were supported by association of the Obama Administration.

  • Jon_Babtist

    Obama and Batman are both fantasies. One is fighting bad guys and one is destroying the Constitution.
    Don't hold your breath that Ben Shapiro will mention one word about the evidence brought forward by
    Sheriff Joe Arpaio showing Obama to be engaged in serious document and identity fraud.