So a quick geek cultural check for Obama:
–Technology. Click that icon. He’s the candidate who tried to announce his vice presidential pick by text message and embraced Facebook as a campaign tool. He’s seldom seen without a BlackBerry and talks of a chief technology officer for the nation.
–Comic books. As a youngster, Obama collected Spider-Man and Conan the Barbarian comic books. His Senate Web site used to have a photo of him posing in front of a Superman statue, and in October at New York’s Alfred Smith dinner he joked: “I was actually born on Krypton and sent here by my father Jor-El to save the planet Earth.” Jor-El was the father of Superman, born on the planet Krypton.
–“Star Trek,” the long-running TV show. According to the actor Leonard Nimoy, who played Mr. Spock in the series, Obama flashed him the split four-fingered Vulcan salute when the two crossed paths last year. In May in Des Moines, Newsweek caught Obama teasing wife Michelle about her belt buckle, saying it was studded with Star Trek-powering dilithium crystals and adding, “Beam me up, Scotty!” As he laughed at his own joke, Michelle Obama rolled her eyes, as geek wives often do.
Yes, geeks have wives. That’s one of the things that separates them from nerds and dorks.
“A geek is someone who has the knowledge of the geeky type stuff and has social graces,” Blum said. “A nerd is someone who has the knowledge but not the social graces and a dork is someone who has neither.”