Obama In a Cultural Context II: What the New Yorker Says

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Last month, I posted an item about Obama’s place in the broader cultural world. I wrote “He probably saw Spike Lee’s Jungle Fever at the Harvard Theater on Church Street.” I also noted that Obama is one year older than Wesley Snipes and four years younger than Lee.

According to a recent profile of Michelle Obama in The New Yorker, I came pretty close. Do the Right Thing played a big role in his life. Here’s the passage: “Before the end of the summer, he’d got her to agree to go out for a movie—Spike Lee’s ‘Do the Right Thing’—and an ice-cream cone at Baskin-Robbins. Vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard in 2004, Barack met Spike Lee at a reception. As Michelle has recalled, he told Lee, ‘I owe you a lot,’ because, during the movie, Michelle had allowed him to touch her knee.”

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One Response to “Obama In a Cultural Context II: What the New Yorker Says”

  1. onegreatamericancountry Says:

    Funny stuff, thanks for the observations.
    Obama is a great candidate. I believe that hope is not enough but it is a great start. Obama is the only candidate that embodies the best of America, and Americas best candidate.
    Thanks again for your observations…
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