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Obama's Fave Character on The Wire: Gay 'Robin Hood' Omar


Barack Obama talked to the Las Vegas Sun about his favorite TV show The Wire, and named Omar, who is perhaps one of the most interesting gay characters ever written for television, as his favorite:

"I gotta say Omar’s a great character. That’s not an endorsement. That is not an endorsement. He is not my favorite person. But he’s a fascinating character. He’s this gay gangster who only robs drug dealers, and then gives back. You know, he’s sort of a Robin Hood. And he’s the toughest, baddest guy on this show, but he’s gay, you know. And it’s really interesting. It’s a fascinating character."

SLOG has the full report, and a link to the audio interview.

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  1. I gotta say, Obama is my favorite candidate. That's not an endorsement. He's not my favorite person. But he's a fascinating candidate. He's this bi-racial huckster who courts the gay vote and then asks a homophobe like Donnie McClurkin to accompany him on a Bible-thumping tour of South Carolina. You know, he's sort of a homophobe. Yet he's the candidate who, because of his race, is thought of as being 'different', but he's still a homophobe. And it's really offensive. It's a tiresome candidate.

    Posted by: peterparker | Jan 14, 2008 2:45:38 PM

  2. In addition, read this about Miz Hillary:

    Posted by: woodroad | Jan 14, 2008 2:58:48 PM

  3. Okay, he both caught my attention and pissed me off with his comment. "he’s the toughest, baddest guy on this show, but he’s gay" It falls into that "I'm shocked a gay guy isn't mincing" line of thought. But, whatever...

    Posted by: Mike | Jan 14, 2008 3:20:09 PM

  4. The most chilling thought I've had is that Obama has come to remind me of Bush, Jr., in the way he responds to criticism, even from people eager to support him otherwise. The whole needless McClurkin mess was the first example. It was like Bush and Iraq. Nevermind what anyone was saying. Nevermind what damage would be done going forward. Obama was "the decider"--fuck you all!

    And once Clinton proved in New Hampshire to be a threat to his coronation his "I'm a different kind of politician" evaporated into an attempt to paint her as some kind of racist.

    Posted by: Tom | Jan 14, 2008 3:33:22 PM

  5. Woodroad's link is to a seven-year old article about one of many "hit" books on Clinton that like its fellow character assassination fantasies was discredited at the time of its release for misquotes and misfacts. Whose ax are you grinding Woodroad?

    Posted by: Alan | Jan 14, 2008 3:42:21 PM

  6. Interesting how the whole narrative of who's coronation got derailed and who's been injecting race into the campaign is being spun wholeheartedly by supporters on both sides....

    Posted by: 24play | Jan 14, 2008 3:42:23 PM

  7. i'm somewhat curious as to why he felt he needed to make sure that everyone knew that he wasn't making "an endorsement."

    Posted by: alguien | Jan 14, 2008 3:59:09 PM

  8. I'm with Mike, minus the "whatever." This quote pisses me off.

    Posted by: David | Jan 14, 2008 4:17:06 PM

  9. "He's the toughest, but he's gay.
    That doesn't sound too homophobic.

    Posted by: Johnson | Jan 14, 2008 4:25:04 PM

  10. How dare you all make disparaging remarks about the godsent candidate Obama! Are you only interested in the status quo? Are you not excited about this "CHANGE" that he's going to bring (whatever that might be)? I think you're all just a bunch of close-minded racists!

    Wait, what did you say about Martin Luther King, JR? Racists!

    *note sarcasm*

    Posted by: GABE | Jan 14, 2008 4:26:00 PM

  11. Barack's peddling is tiresome. Hill is exhausting, too, but bitch at least knows it.

    Posted by: jeff | Jan 14, 2008 4:26:08 PM

  12. Everytime Barack or Hillary or JohnBoy (he aint gone yet) say something that rubs you guys the wrong way, or doesn't rub you at all, could you please say these words while clicking your heels three times, "President McCain, President Huckabee, President Romney...." just say those words over and over.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jan 14, 2008 4:45:21 PM

  13. Obama is one of the biggest frauds in recent political history, tantamount to a snake oil salesman. His slogans, "Yes We Can" and "Take Back Washington" appeal only to the misinformed, which unfortunately is a very large percentage of voters. Only Congress can decide to reform itself by amending current legislation. And if anyone thinks Congress will derail the lobbyist gravy train they are not in their right mind. Obama cannot banish the lobbyists and their political action committees by executive order or by pleading with Congress. A freshman Senator is going to get nowhere. And if he threatens disclosure behind closed doors he will end any prospective working relationship with Congressional leaders. Bush is a criminal as far as I am concerned. However, there is a very good reason why he just signed budget legislation with over 9,000 earmarks - to get the funds for the Iraq war without a withdrawal date. Congress now has the Executive Branch over a barrel. The President has to play ball on Congress' terms or nothing happens. I am counting on Bill Clinton and others to deconstruct the Obama campaign at a level that some of the Obama supporters can understand. So far the press is going along with the Obama fraud. Whomever calls this "campaign" for what it really is will be labeled a racist, never mind the facts. Somebody with credibility is bound to bite the bullet and soon. Once Edwards is forced out, Hillary should have enough of a lead to dry up Obama's funds which will be the beginning of the end of him. The sooner the better.

    Posted by: Johnny Lane | Jan 14, 2008 4:49:32 PM

  14. Derrick- thank you. Perfectly put.

    You queens sound like you WANT a President that will push for a federal marriage amendment. Do all of you who dismiss Obama because of his centrist, mainstream view of glbt issues actually think Hillary will be a better advocate for us? And if so, what in the hell would make you believe that?

    Listen, your average liberal American would not read Obama's quote: "he’s the toughest, baddest guy on this show, but he’s gay", and think "Oh, well, that's homophobic! Why shouldn't the gay character be the toughest, baddest one anyway?!"

    Only out, well-adjusted, Towleroad-reading homos say that. (And don't get me wrong; you're right, but you're not running for President.)

    So until the day we actually have a Big Proud Homo running for President, I, for one, will be very happy to have a Hetero President who says things like "I gotta say Omar’s a great character....And he’s the toughest, baddest guy on this show, but he’s gay, you know. And it’s really interesting. It’s a fascinating character."

    That's a man of substance, and a man who actually thinks for himself. He may not be stopping for handshakes at your local GayMart, but he's the best we got, and the best we've ever had.

    So STFU before someone really evil wins.

    Posted by: Jeff | Jan 14, 2008 6:09:30 PM

  15. Johnny, Obama's supporters are hardly misinformed. Demographic data consistently show that his supporters are better educated and come from higher income households than Hillary's supporters. Barry's got the Chardonnay/Starbucks crowd. Hill's got the Schlitz crowd.

    And that is quite possibly why Hillary and Company have been injecting race into the campaign just about every day since the beginning of last week. They're shoring up their base of lower income whites.

    And BTW, when Edwards finally pulls out, the lion's share of his supporters and financial backers most definitely will not be going to Sen. Clinton. So be careful what you wish for.

    Posted by: 24play | Jan 14, 2008 6:11:41 PM

  16. 24play, I believe it was the Obama team through Jese, jr. that injected race into the campaign.
    Jeff you're so worried about a repub getting elected and pushing for a federal marriage amendment that it turned out our democratic saviour signed DOMA into the law. Yes, I know know somehow that will be excused away because of because they talk pretty to our faces.

    Posted by: buchephalus | Jan 14, 2008 6:33:31 PM

  17. 24Play - Your entire statement is a contradiction in itself. I know exactly what I am talking about and evidently you don't. And I have scanned message boards all over the country and Obama supporters for the most part don't have a clue about anything. So that must include you.

    Posted by: Johnny Lane | Jan 14, 2008 7:05:36 PM

  18. Johnny, Obama' supporters are better educated than Hill's. Just because they disagree with you, you seem to think they're clueless.

    But I'm glad you know what you're talking about. At least someone does.

    Posted by: 24play | Jan 14, 2008 7:14:44 PM

  19. Johnny, Obama' supporters are better educated than Hill's. Just because they disagree with you, you seem to think they're clueless.

    But I'm glad you know what you're talking about. At least someone does.

    Posted by: 24play | Jan 14, 2008 7:15:20 PM

  20. Before making brash statements like, Obama's supporters are better education, please be sure to include some sort of evidence to that effect.

    Also - since when does "better educated" or wealthier have anything to do with "informed." That is a faulty assumption.

    And frankly, I don't care how educated you are, voting for someone simply because they say they are the candidate of change without any sort of background or history to back that up is ridiculous. I don't care if you have a college degree or a GED. A Democrat in office is change enough for me...I don't need an unseasoned politician chosen to lose the next National election, however well spoken and energetic he might be.

    Posted by: Gabe | Jan 14, 2008 7:25:17 PM

  21. So where is the data to support your claims Johhny Boy?

    You're like the pot calling the kettle black. Just shut up while you can still save face.

    Posted by: Drew | Jan 14, 2008 7:43:47 PM

  22. Gabe, you nailed it. Thanks! Drew, the facts of which I speak are common knowledge to those who are informed about the operation of Washington under the morass of legislation and "signing statements" attached to every bill signed into law over the past seven years which now number in the thousands. If you really want to learn what is going on and how bad things really are, then I suggest you read the archives and subscribe to the daily email report at:

    Andy Towle links to political news articles on this site on a regular basis.

    Posted by: Johnny Lane | Jan 14, 2008 7:59:43 PM

  23. It has come down to this: the political theatre version of religion. We have a supposed "Messiah"—Obama. And a supposed "Devil"—Hillary. Any observation or question about the former is immediately labeled "heresy" solely motivated by having sold one's soul to the latter. The unique thing is that except for having allegedly already turned all the homophobes into lovers of The Gays, most of the adoration of this Messiah is based on what his disciples fervently believe he will do in the future. He shall smite terrorists with his mightly words; he shall part the waters in a Congress deadlocked between Republicans and Democrats and lead us all singing to the Promised Land of Cosmos and honey dijon dressing. And it is only because of the tireless presence and tricks of "the Devil" that he has not already been given not just the Democratic nomination but declared our leader by acclamation by Republicans as well who would trample over their own pagan candidates to annoint Him if She Who Is Evil would cease stopping their eyes and ears.

    Posted by: Bob | Jan 14, 2008 8:39:03 PM

  24. Obama is a fucking fraud...what change is he gonna bring? ok his skin color, but he's another homophobe who belives that gay people are sinners...blah blah vote for Hillary!!!

    Peace sexy bitches

    Posted by: Dakota | Jan 14, 2008 10:22:44 PM

  25. > i'm somewhat curious as to why he felt
    > he needed to make sure that everyone knew
    > that he wasn't making "an endorsement."

    Perhaps it has something to do with the character being a gangster?

    Posted by: MT | Jan 14, 2008 10:53:30 PM

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