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John Hodgman Asks Obama, "Are You a Nerd?"

samzenpus posted more than 4 years ago | from the gooble-gobble-one-of-us-one-of-us dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 147

Hugh Pickens writes "Watch a video of comedian John Hodgman speak after Barack Obama at the recent Radio and Television Correspondents Association dinner in DC and discuss the central question of our age: "how we can heal the great and shameful division that has plagued our nation for so long — the age old conflict between jocks and nerds" and ask Obama: Are you now, or have you ever been, a nerd?"

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No, but... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28442109)

...he IS a NIGGER!

Re:No, but... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28442169)

beat me to it

Re:No, but... (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28442493)

..he IS a FASCIST. So was Bush, though Obama floored the gas pedal on the road to total fascism.

"Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power." -- Benito Mussolini

Plus, everyone needs to watch The Obama Deception. [youtube.com]

Re:No, but... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28442731)

The Obama Deception is great. It bashes both Bush and Obama. It blew away a lot of conservatives I showed it to.

Of course not (-1, Troll)

PeeAitchPee (712652) | more than 4 years ago | (#28442121)

He's Jesus Christ himself. ;-)

Re:Of course not (4, Funny)

Gord.ca (236984) | more than 4 years ago | (#28442201)

They go over this in the clip. He's not Jesus Christ, he's the Quizatz Haderach.

Re:Of course not (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28444861)

Kwisatz Haderach

There! Fixed that for ya.

Re:Of course not (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28444941)

Hmm, I read the books and saw the movie. And I would have to disagree and say that Pbo more resembles the Padishah Emporer's failed Kwisatz Haderach mentat.

Re:Of course not (4, Funny)

bwthomas (796211) | more than 4 years ago | (#28442279)

Jesus had prodigious beard, an unkempt mane of hair, walked around in sandals in all weather, and saw himself as a man with divine powers who was put on the earth to show people "the way".

Jesus was clearly, clearly, a nerd.

Re:Of course not (3, Funny)

PeeAitchPee (712652) | more than 4 years ago | (#28442315)

Dude, you're confusing nerds with stoners and homeless guys.

Re:Of course not (5, Funny)

bwthomas (796211) | more than 4 years ago | (#28442411)

And you, in turn, are confusing stoners & homeless guys as Richard Stallman

(My apologies to RMS ... when the humor is just there, right in front of you ... what can you do?)

Re:Of course not (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28443805)

had prodigious beard, an unkempt mane of hair, walked around in sandals in all weather

Yeah well, you know, that's just like, your opinion, man.

Afro-American Racism Against Whites and Asians (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28443183)

During the election, about 95% of African-Americans voted for Barack Hussein Obama due solely to the color of his skin. See the exit-polling data [cnn.com] by CNN.

Note the voting pattern of Hispanics, Asian-Americans, etc. These non-Black minorities serve as a measurement of African-American racism against Whites (and other non-Black folks). Neither Barack Hussein Obama nor John McCain is Hispanic or Asian. So, Hispanics and Asian-Americans used only non-racial criteria in selecting a candidate and, hence, serve as the reference by which we detect a racist voting pattern. Only about 65% of Hispanics and Asian-Americans supported Obama. In other words, a maximum of 65% support by any ethnic or racial group for either McCain or Obama is not racist and, hence, is acceptable. (A maximum of 65% for McCain is okay. So, European-American support at 55% for McCain is well below this threshold and, hence, is not racist.)

If African-Americans were not racist, then at most 65% of them would have supported Obama. At that level of support, McCain would have won the presidential race.

At this point, African-American supremacists (and apologists) claim that African-Americans voted for Obama because he (1) is a member of the Democratic party and (2) supports its ideals. That claim is an outright lie. Look at the exit-polling data [cnn.com] for the Democratic primaries. Consider the case of North Carolina. Again, about 95% of African-Americans voted for him and against Hillary Clinton. Both Clinton and Obama are Democrats, and their official political positions on the campaign trail were nearly identical. Yet, 95% of African-Americans voted for Obama and against Hillary Clinton. Why? African-Americans supported Obama due solely to the color of his skin.

Here is the bottom line. Barack Hussein Obama does not represent mainstream America. He won the election due to the racist voting pattern exhibited by African-Americans.

African-Americans have established that expressing "racial pride" by voting on the basis of skin color is 100% acceptable. Neither the "Wall Street Journal" nor the "New York Times" complained about this racist behavior. Therefore, in future elections, please feel free to express your racial pride by voting on the basis of skin color. Feel free to vote for the non-Black candidates and against the Black candidates if you are not African-American. You need not defend your actions in any way. Voting on the basis of skin color is quite acceptable by today's moral standard.

No, but... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28442185)

He is a fascist.

First geek President? (4, Interesting)

SirGarlon (845873) | more than 4 years ago | (#28442243)

TFA says Obama would be our (the U.S.'s) "first geek president."

Hello? Anybody out there ever heard of Thomas Jefferson?

Re:First geek President? (0, Flamebait)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 4 years ago | (#28442667)

Hello? Anybody out there ever heard of Thomas Jefferson?

Geeky he may be, but he'll still be known first and foremost as our first slave-banger President.

(and incidentally, Idle formatting has been fucked up for how long now and still hasn't been fixed?)

Re:First geek President? (2, Funny)

Frigga's Ring (1044024) | more than 4 years ago | (#28442697)

Thomas Jefferson was a bit nerdy, true, but he was disqualified from being the first nerd president because it's a well-known fact that he ran his own fantasy football league. And we all know that fantasy football is the territory of jocks, not nerds.

Re:First geek President? (1)

Bigby (659157) | more than 4 years ago | (#28442721)

The Jefferson Bible is the nerdiest/geekiest project in Presidential history

Re:First geek President? (1)

e2d2 (115622) | more than 4 years ago | (#28442755)

George Washington was a bit of a nerd himself being into surveying and map making.

Re:First geek President? (1)

Bigby (659157) | more than 4 years ago | (#28442851)

His more nerdy feats are his obsession with interior decorating and amazing alcohol production

Re:First geek President? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28442857)

Well we have the actual video. What John actually says is "the First Nerd President of the Modern Era", but I guess you're too much of a jock to fact-check rather than jump to conclusions.

Afro-American Racism Against Whites and Asians (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28443535)

During the election, about 95% of African-Americans voted for Barack Hussein Obama due solely to the color of his skin. See the exit-polling data [cnn.com] by CNN.

Note the voting pattern of Hispanics, Asian-Americans, etc. These non-Black minorities serve as a measurement of African-American racism against Whites (and other non-Black folks). Neither Barack Hussein Obama nor John McCain is Hispanic or Asian. So, Hispanics and Asian-Americans used only non-racial criteria in selecting a candidate and, hence, serve as the reference by which we detect a racist voting pattern. Only about 65% of Hispanics and Asian-Americans supported Obama. In other words, a maximum of 65% support by any ethnic or racial group for either McCain or Obama is not racist and, hence, is acceptable. (A maximum of 65% for McCain is okay. So, European-American support at 55% for McCain is well below this threshold and, hence, is not racist.)

If African-Americans were not racist, then at most 65% of them would have supported Obama. At that level of support, McCain would have won the presidential race.

At this point, African-American supremacists (and apologists) claim that African-Americans voted for Obama because he (1) is a member of the Democratic party and (2) supports its ideals. That claim is an outright lie. Look at the exit-polling data [cnn.com] for the Democratic primaries. Consider the case of North Carolina. Again, about 95% of African-Americans voted for him and against Hillary Clinton. Both Clinton and Obama are Democrats, and their official political positions on the campaign trail were nearly identical. Yet, 95% of African-Americans voted for Obama and against Hillary Clinton. Why? African-Americans supported Obama due solely to the color of his skin.

Here is the bottom line. Barack Hussein Obama does not represent mainstream America. He won the election due to the racist voting pattern exhibited by African-Americans.

African-Americans have established that expressing "racial pride" by voting on the basis of skin color is 100% acceptable. Neither the "Wall Street Journal" nor the "New York Times" complained about this racist behavior. Therefore, in future elections, please feel free to express your racial pride by voting on the basis of skin color. Feel free to vote for the non-Black candidates and against the Black candidates if you are not African-American. You need not defend your actions in any way. Voting on the basis of skin color is quite acceptable by today's moral standard.

Re:First geek President? (3, Insightful)

dkleinsc (563838) | more than 4 years ago | (#28443901)

And if Jefferson isn't geeky enough for you, there's always Herbert Hoover (degree in geology, worked as a mining engineer, and advocated technocratic solutions). Of course many folks don't like to claim him, for obvious reasons.

Re:First geek President? (1, Troll)

geekoid (135745) | more than 4 years ago | (#28445293)

Both those suggestion fail.
Those people were reasonably well versed, had some knowledge of how to move in social circles, and had the respect of their peers.

Jimmy Carter, OTOH...

I loved the man, and he had great vision. Sadly the political know how and the state of the party at the time pretty much got his ideas buried.
And he was the first real victim of what became what we now call Neo Cons.

He made the classic nerd mistake: Assumed the facts would be enough to win a debate.

You miss-quoted the article... (4, Informative)

hellfire (86129) | more than 4 years ago | (#28444323)

... and the article misquoted John Hodgeman.

The article stated:
"also the first geek President"

Sorry to split definitions but we have to agree on the definition of nerd and geek. I don't consider them quite the same. I consider TJ a nerd but not a geek.

Secondly to quote John Hodgeman directly:

"He could be the first nerd president of the modern era."

I don't consider Obama a geek, but he has many nerd qualities, so I would agree with this.

Let's first agree on one thing (4, Insightful)

bogaboga (793279) | more than 4 years ago | (#28442277)

I suggest we first define who a nerd is. Otherwise this being slashdot, we'll end up submitting comments about something that is entirely different depending on who is posting.

My submission: I agree with this definition [wikipedia.org] and hope that all of you use it as a bench mark as you post your comments.

In part: "...derogatory connotation or stereotype, that refers to a person who passionately pursues intellectual activities, esoteric knowledge, or other obscure interests..."

Thank you.

Re:Let's first agree on one thing (1)

bertoelcon (1557907) | more than 4 years ago | (#28442413)

or other obscure interests..."

But I find sports somewhat obscure, does that make jocks nerds to me?

Re:Let's first agree on one thing (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 4 years ago | (#28445331)

You may find them obscure, but pretty much no one else does.
Football is not obscure, baseball is not obscure.

Now if you obsessed over an obscure sport, then that would be nerd like behavior.

Re:Let's first agree on one thing (1)

Maximum Prophet (716608) | more than 4 years ago | (#28442475)

Many terms that used to be derogatory are not anymore, some even a badge of honor. Once Bill G. became the richest person in the world, nerds became more accepted.

Re:Let's first agree on one thing (2, Interesting)

ClosedSource (238333) | more than 4 years ago | (#28442643)

I'd say historically wikipedia's definition is wrong. Nerds were defined by particular interests (e.g. Star Trek, computers, etc) and a particular appearance (e.g. pocket protector, calculator on belt, etc). Being smart or getting good grades wasn't required to be a Nerd.

Now days it seems to be more of a derogatory classification directed toward anyone who isn't a slacker.

Re:Let's first agree on one thing (1)

dk90406 (797452) | more than 4 years ago | (#28443117)

Of coursing interests like knowing the player names (and statistics, scores etc) for any sport is not nerdy. The persons who hit the hardest define the legal interests. The nerds learn to shrug it off and are later rewarded with more interesting and better paying jobs. Ah well, I digress and am getting OT.

Re:Let's first agree on one thing (1)

Itninja (937614) | more than 4 years ago | (#28442649)

In short:
Nerds=bad
Geeks=good

They share similar skillsets and mentalities, but as a wise man once said: "Geeks get it done". I think he mean that a nerd is a geek that has not actually achieved anything noteworthy. Or that a geek is a nerd or has.

Re:Let's first agree on one thing (2, Insightful)

dk90406 (797452) | more than 4 years ago | (#28442869)

"that refers to a person who passionately pursues intellectual activities, esoteric knowledge, or other obscure interests"
So pursuing intellectual activities are obscure? What a sad state the world is in (by wikipedias definition). I'd better get drunk, watch a ballgame and get in a fight like a other proper human being.

Re:Let's first agree on one thing (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 4 years ago | (#28445497)

NIce slective bolding.

"So pursuing intellectual activities are obscure? "
no.

"So passionately pursuing intellectual activities "

Yes.

He is President of the United States (-1, Offtopic)

Haxzaw (1502841) | more than 4 years ago | (#28442281)

When did all of this disrespect for the position of our President start? Must have been around the first Clinton Administration. He tried to appeal to the younger crowd by appearing on MTV, and dressing casually, etc. I'm not talking about necessarily respecting the man, but respect the position. I haven't respected a President since Ronald Reagan, but I do respect the position. The President should not appear on talk shows, MTV, movies, or sitcoms. The President is not our friend or buddy. Discipline is needed to keep respect and authority.

Re:He is President of the United States (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28442351)

Sieg Heil!

Re:He is President of the United States (0, Flamebait)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 4 years ago | (#28442447)

I can't help but think that Clinton's disposition for sexually harassing ugly girls and getting blow jobs from fat chicks might have lessened our respect for the office a bit. Sure, JFK was a philanderer too, but he had much better taste in women, and the press had the good sense not to report it.
And of course we can't forget Obama -- I hear rumors he's been sleeping with a Black chick!

Re:He is President of the United States (0, Troll)

Frigga's Ring (1044024) | more than 4 years ago | (#28442571)

And of course we can't forget Obama -- I hear rumors he's been sleeping with a Black chick!

That's just his way of keeping it old school.

Re:He is President of the United States (2, Insightful)

vertinox (846076) | more than 4 years ago | (#28442505)

When did all of this disrespect for the position of our President start?

When people tried to make the position a king above normal citizens.

When people start to think of Presidents as Emperors or Popes that are above common man, then they start acting like it.

Re:He is President of the United States (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28442579)

Respect is not vested in the clothes a person wears, or in the networks they speak on; these things you complain about are attempts to engage more members of the voting public, a group whose standards for behavior and means of communication are frequently changing. A President may comport themselves with humor or with stoicism, but neither of these is incompatible with maintaining the seriousness of the office itself.

Re:He is President of the United States (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28442583)

I think we finally lost all respect for the Presidency with George W Bush.

The way he got the government to systematically hold people down so they could be raped by his corporate contributors is a disgrace to all Americans. His constant and consequential blunders weakened our whole country, not just the Presidency.

George W Bush was the worst president ever, and it had nothing to do with MTV

Re:He is President of the United States (4, Interesting)

Wizard Drongo (712526) | more than 4 years ago | (#28442595)

To be fair, Obama has kept the dignity of the office fairly well. This was a press dinner, ie, although it's broadcast in various places, with clips here and there, it's not really a public address. Obama himself was making some pretty roasting jokes (more so at the White House Correspondents dinner), and John was pretty respectful in many ways, talking up Obama's intellect and how he's doing a good-job...

Discipline is most certainly not the key to maintaining authority and respect. He has authority because the US populace gave him it; he maintains respect by respecting the US peope who put him there, and being open and transparent, and not "talking down" to them, acting as though he's some sort of God purely because of his job. In fact Obama has made many self deprecating jokes about how some supporters seem to idolise him but he himself doesn't take it at all seriously.
I'm thinking of the "And on the seventy-third day, I shall rest" joke in particular...

Re:He is President of the United States (1, Insightful)

Bigby (659157) | more than 4 years ago | (#28442825)

The POTUS doesn't have power to do much of anything. The position has gained un-Constitutional power President after President. All the Presidents after George Washington have disrespected the position of our President.

Re:He is President of the United States (1)

Xaedalus (1192463) | more than 4 years ago | (#28443573)

Mod this up. Bigby's trolling in the classical sense, and he is correct to a degree (IMHO), although I'll disagree with starting after George Washington.

Re:He is President of the United States (1)

Bigby (659157) | more than 4 years ago | (#28445931)

The "Sedition" part of the "Alien and Sedition Acts", which were passed by Congress and signed by John Adams, were blatantly unconstitutional. It made it illegal to criticize the government.

Thomas Jefferson bought the Louisiana Purchase??

Defying the contract between the people and Federal government is what degrades the respect for the POTUS position. And that is right in line with this thread and not trolling.

Re:He is President of the United States (1)

e2d2 (115622) | more than 4 years ago | (#28442829)

So basically our President shouldn't communicate with us. Or maybe, President TV? With official looking logos and red or blue backgrounds that respect the position. I joke but that actually sounds kind of cool.

Re:He is President of the United States (1)

atomic-penguin (100835) | more than 4 years ago | (#28442893)

The President should not appear on talk shows, MTV, movies, or sitcoms. The President is not our friend or buddy. Discipline is needed to keep respect and authority.

Where have you been? This has been going on at least since the televised Kennedy/Nixon debate.

Re:He is President of the United States (1)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 4 years ago | (#28443089)

Discipline is needed to keep respect and authority.

I know someone who would agree!

Nurse Diesel: I know you better than you know yourself.
You live for bondage and discipline.

Dr. Montague: Too much bondage. Not enough discipline!

Diesel: You want discipline? I'll give you discipline.

Montague: Yes! Yes. I'm sorry! Yes! It feels so good!

I take it you're more of a Dr. Montague to our President Diesel?

Re:He is President of the United States (1)

blueturffan (867705) | more than 4 years ago | (#28443153)

When did all of this disrespect for the position of our President start?

John Wilkes Booth and his use of both a .44 Derringer and the phrase "Sic semper tyrannis" seems rather disrespectful.

Re:He is President of the United States (1)

Icegryphon (715550) | more than 4 years ago | (#28445785)

Actually it started even sooner. If I am not mistaken the first Congress didn't take the to kindly to George Washington. Of course they were not nearly as hostile.

Now I know the site is broken. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28442297)

I'm blocking Idle and it's still showing on the main page.

Re:Now I know the site is broken. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28442391)

Ditto. Also, this message
box is exactly the width of
any line in this message.

Re:Now I know the site is broken. (1)

HTH NE1 (675604) | more than 4 years ago | (#28442693)

Ditto. Also, this message
box is exactly the width of
any line in this message.

Looks like my client-side stylesheet is still correcting for that.

Now, about these various thumb sliders scattered throughout the replies....

Re:Now I know the site is broken. (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28443467)

Anyone know how to get rid of those? They are driving me nuts in firefox.

Re:Now I know the site is broken. (1)

HTH NE1 (675604) | more than 4 years ago | (#28446125)

They can't be identified with the CSSViewer plug-in. I also get a notice that a plug-in is needed for idle from NoScript. Also, the zooicons aren't working across all of slashdot; I'm getting text alternatives here. I added the rule .zooicon:before { content: attr(class) " "; } just to get an idea about what's going on with that.

Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686 (x86_64); en-US; rv:1.9.0.11) Gecko/2009060214 Firefox/3.0.11

Running on some version of Ubuntu but displaying on a Redhat 9 box, and getting "Pango-WARNING **: libthai.so.0: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory" all the time.

According to most 80's movies (3, Funny)

NickyGotz22 (1427691) | more than 4 years ago | (#28442507)

if Obamas a nerd were gonna be ok. All we need is a catchy music montage, a wise crackin sidekick (Joe Biden = YES), maybe a panty raid or two, and we can fix the world economy in no time.

Re:According to most 80's movies (1)

gmuslera (3436) | more than 4 years ago | (#28442581)

John Hodgman should be careful... according to the same movies, nerds take revenge.

Jocks and nerds living together... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28442509)

...mass hysteria!

Of course not, (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28442605)

He's got a wife, doesn't he?

You know what would be really interesting? (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28442695)

When a reporter asks Obama a QUESTION. One that's relevant to policy, and doesn't open the door to ambiguous bantering or set up another stump speech, or give Obama another chance to be 'lovable look at me I laugh at myself on date night' Mr. Wonderful.

I just think it would be really interesting to see the POTUS discuss policy in a serious way, without this 'nobody messes with Joe! hyuk hyuk' bullshit or a 'we inherited all this not my fault i dont have to solve it' non-answer (just what the fuck did he do as a senator, anyways?)

I know it's of penultimate importance to the average american, but I don't rate 'coolness' all that high when it comes to rating leadership.

Re:You know what would be really interesting? (2, Funny)

MRe_nl (306212) | more than 4 years ago | (#28443907)

"If you don't want to work, become a reporter. That awful power, the public opinion of the nation, was created by a horde of self-complacent simpletons who failed at ditch digging and shoemaking and fetched up journalism on their way to the poorhouse."
Mark Twain 1881

Hooray (-1, Troll)

dburkland (1526971) | more than 4 years ago | (#28442757)

I'm glad this got modded up because I absolutely love hearing everything about our deal leader. Are we also going to modup a story about how Obama's shit had corn in it?

Re:Hooray (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28443063)

o/~ Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Leader o/~
o/~ Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Leader o/~

Re:Hooray (1, Insightful)

Zordak (123132) | more than 4 years ago | (#28443693)

Just in the past week, I've seen, pitched as front-page news, that Barack Obama KILLED A FLY and had FROZEN CUSTARD with his kids. A couple of weeks ago, it was similarly reported that he HAD A HAMBURGER. Corn can't be too far behind. Apparently nothing about the Dear Leader is so trivial that the media drones will not wet themselves with delight and dutifully report it.

The Age of Ignorance (1)

GrifterCC (673360) | more than 4 years ago | (#28442815)

As an initial matter: Fire Samzenpus.

Regardless of whether "nerd" is derogatory, the thing that gives me the most heart about the fact that this question is being asked is that we seem to have gotten over our national obsession with having a president who is "one of us." Whether I agree with his policies, I am delighted that our current president did dramatically better in law school than I did, at a somewhat better law school that the one I went to. He engages intellectually with at least some of the issues he faces.

Re:The Age of Ignorance (1)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 4 years ago | (#28443841)

As an initial matter: Fire Samzenpus.

Priorities, please. Fire kdawson first.

the thing that gives me the most heart about the fact that this question is being asked is that we seem to have gotten over our national obsession with having a president who is "one of us."

I suggest you watch the video to the end. Although it's done with humour, he's making a serious point not too dissimilar to this.

You wish (1)

Flavio (12072) | more than 4 years ago | (#28442875)

Obama is a lawyer and a politician.

If the internet nerds are so needy and desperate for a role model in politics, they should try to elect a scientist or engineer. Even an MD would be a better nerd than a lawyer.

Re:You wish (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 4 years ago | (#28443313)

If the internet nerds are so needy and desperate for a role model in politics, they should try to elect a scientist or engineer. You mean like Jimmy Carter?

Re:You wish (2, Insightful)

brkello (642429) | more than 4 years ago | (#28444227)

He's a constitutional lawyer, which is a whole different breed. And who says a nerd has to be a certain profession?

Re:You wish (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 4 years ago | (#28445399)

You're kidding right? I mean seriously, who qualifies more of a Nerd then a lawyer?
Nit picky on details, lives in obscure facts, he's a constitution lawyer. The nerdiest of the bunch.

He's a jock (2, Insightful)

Attila Dimedici (1036002) | more than 4 years ago | (#28443337)

The press made a big deal about his basketball playing ability during the campaign, therefore he is disqualified as a nerd. He is the diametric opposite of a nerd, he is a jock.

Re:He's a jock (1)

Spy Handler (822350) | more than 4 years ago | (#28443521)

Nerd is a state of mind more than anything else, really.

Obama has traits that belong to jocks (playing basketball) and nerds (likes books, blackberry etc). However if you look at him as a whole, you will see an outgoing, extroverted, high gifted PUBLIC SPEAKER (all nerds cringe at public speaking) with a magnetic personality that draws other people to him -- this is 180degrees away from what a nerd is inside.

Re:He's a jock (1)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 4 years ago | (#28443927)

Wait, nerds aren't allowed to play sports now? I guess I need to hand in my nerd card, since I play ultimate frisbee every week and have been known to play basketball occasionally. I guess being ranked in the top 2,000 open source contributors by Ohloh and having released over 150K lines of open source code isn't enough these days; you have to also not play any sports.

On a more serious note, if you define yourself by the things you don't or can't do, rather than the things you are and do, then you are unlikely to live a happy life. Oh, and you also obviously didn't watch the video; I suggest you do, it's entertaining.

Re:He's a jock (1)

Attila Dimedici (1036002) | more than 4 years ago | (#28444767)

Nerds can play ultimate frisbee (it's almost a nerd sport) and even be good at it. If you play basketball and are good at it, you aren't a nerd--you may be a damn fine programmer, but you aren't a nerd.
Being good at a mainstream sport (football, basketball, baseball) makes you one of the cool kids. If you are a nerd, you aren't one of the cool kids, thats part of the definition of nerd.

Oh, I know this one! (0, Offtopic)

xactuary (746078) | more than 4 years ago | (#28443623)

I bet Obama knew these, but was too shamed to say so...

First Answer is Shai_Halud
Second Anser is Thumper
Third Answer is Pre-Spice Mass

Re:Oh, I know this one! (1)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 4 years ago | (#28444019)

Third Answer is Pre-Spice Mass

Isn't it the Water of Life (specifically the seed; the unchanged water, before a Reverend Mother has transformed it)? A pre-spice mass occurs naturally in the desert, not as the result of drowning the maker and eventually becomes a spice blow. If you add the Water of Life to a pre-spice mass then you begin a chain reaction that destroys the sandworms' ecosystem.

No, he's not a nerd. (1)

John Hasler (414242) | more than 4 years ago | (#28443761)

Don't be an ass. He's a jock of the "team captain" type.

Re:No, he's not a nerd. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28445025)

He's an ass of the "team nerd" variety. as near as I can tell, the only thing he's done better then Bush the miserable failure is to say nothing about Iran

Re:No, he's not a nerd. (2, Interesting)

geekoid (135745) | more than 4 years ago | (#28445453)

No, he's a nerd.

In fact he is an Alpha Nerd. He's a constitutional lawyer. That's nerdy by default. Not a lot of jobs are nerdy be default.

BTW I am A nerd. I also won trophies for fencing, water polo and baseball.

Next weekend I get to launch rockets with my kids! Assuming we have better weather conditions then last weekend. Stupid Oregon weather.

You old men, you! (1)

Tybalt_Capulet (1400481) | more than 4 years ago | (#28445301)

I graduated High School in 07, and you old men make me laugh. There's not much difference between the Jocks and the Nerds anymore, now the Jocks are tools and the Nerds are just losers.

Until college no one has school pride.

Thank the 90's.

Re:You old men, you! (1)

bsDaemon (87307) | more than 4 years ago | (#28445503)

I graduated high school in 2002, and I didn't even have school pride until...well... i graduated college in '06, and I never got any school spirit. The 90s were great.

Or... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28445589)

If a 33rd degree freemason counts as a nerd, then yes.

F*CK THE NWO!

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