Obama's Cabinet: Which Characters Would You Nominate?
Stan Lee -- comics legend and quick-wit extraordinaire -- did not miss a beat.
I was talking with Mr. Lee this week about "Spider-Man" (look for the full interview with him in this space tomorrow) and he mentioned his reaction when he recently heard that President-elect Obama was a comics fan -- particularly of Spidey and Conan. (Note: Lee's pleased that Obama will appear on the newest cover of a special edition of "Spider-Man.")
Lee's immediate response to the fandom was to send Obama an autographed poster of Spider-Man. So what would Lee like to receive from Obama in return, should the president-elect decide to reciprocate? "Oh, I'd just like a Cabinet position," Lee joked.
Lee's response immediately got the wheels to turning. If grown men and women can spend countless hours on fantasy sports leagues (confession: I once did), why wouldn't Obama -- the serious comics fan -- entertain his fandom by imagining an all superhero staff? Or more broadly, what about an all-Cartoon Character Cabinet?
With that in mind, Comic Riffs will begin taking your nominations today: Whom would you nominate for the various Cabinet and other White House-level posts?
To start the bidding: Now that Bill Richardson is out as a candidate for Commerce Secretary, who should replace him.
'Riffs nominates these two (in case the first case gets "Borked"):
DADDY WARBUCKS: Ah, Lt. Gen. Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks, Little Orphan Annie's father figure, came from a seriously hardscrabble background and knows about pulling himself up by his bootstraps (if the boy Warbucks were able to even afford bootstraps) and master international trade. If Warren Buffett's name can be bandied about for the job, then surely the world's alleged "richest fictional character" deserves our serious consideration.
His creator, Harold Gray, opposed FDR's New Deal, but Warbucks is tougher to peg. He's reportedly been called both a Democrat (play) and a Republican (movie) -- which means he seems to perfect guy to work across the ideological aisle for the common good.
SCROOGE McDUCK: The world's most famous Glaswegian waterfowl knows at least nine languages (including Arabic, Spanish and several Chinese dialects) and is one shrewd businessduck (Forbes says he's worth $28 billion as of 2007, topping Warbucks, Montgomery Burns and, apparently, even Richie Rich). Plus, he has potentially the greatest gift any globetrotting diplomat could have: He has experienced time-travel. Economically, take us back to the future, Uncle Scrooge!
| January 13, 2009; 1:00 PM ET
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