Obamacare, working to end U.S. combat in Afghanistan, normalizing relations with Cuba; whatever, here's the thing you need to remember about President Barack Obama: He grew up reading comic books.
There are two shocking revelations in that factoid. First, there's the admission that unlike many politicians, Obama actually started out as a child and not something grown in a cloning vat. Second, that he's willing to send a mass form letter to his backers that starts off with an admission that he not only grew up loving comic books but that he was "pretty into Conan the Barbarian and Spiderman."
Sure, the letter is really a thinly veiled call to arms for the Democratic party, but Conan the Barbarian? That's a pretty great, pretty gruesome comic to love, especially if you consider how fantastically over-the-top those books were back when he was a kid. I wonder if he's kept up with Dark Horse's take on Robert E. Howard's classic.
Maybe our next President will talk about the video games he was pretty into.
You can find the full sales pitch topped with a bit of comic love below:
I grew up loving comic books. Back in the day, I was pretty into Conan the Barbarian and Spiderman.
Anyone who reads comics can tell you, every main character has an origin story -- the fateful and usually unexpected sequence of events that made them who they are.
The same goes for grassroots organizers.
For me, it was a "help wanted" ad I saw in a newsletter at the New York Public Library. The job was organizing communities and churches on the South Side of Chicago. It paid $10,000 a year.
I packed up everything and drove across the country in a beat-up Honda to take the job. Those three years changed my life. It's where I found out how hard this work is -- and why it's worth doing.
Looking back, it was the best education I ever had.
OFA is collecting origin stories, and you should join in, Brian.
Share the moment that inspired you to get involved in this work -- when you do, you'll be automatically entered for the chance to meet me in D.C. next month.
I'll tell you why this is special for me. Knowing that folks like you are out there fighting alongside me, that we're building something better together -- that's the same reason I drove across the country to become a community organizer.
I hope you'll share your story of why you do what you do.
OFA could fly you and a guest out to Washington to meet me backstage.
Go for it: