23 Below Zero in Chicago Today but at Least the Obama Spider-Man Comic Book Arrived

So this week in Chicago, today in particular, it’s been cold as a hell. Since last night it’s been getting colder hour by hour and right now at mid-day its nearly 25 below (with the wind-chill, as they say, but whose counting…). At any rate this really isn’t a weather blog so I won’t linger, but please enjoy the image below from a weather site. Last year I kept taking pictures of the Chicago style snow and putting them on the blog, but this year…I dunno, I figure if people want to see those pictures they can check the archives.


But the big story this week-in terms of fun-is the Spider-Man comic book featuring the President Elect Barack Obama. Oh Marvel Comics first you kill Captain America and now this? You wouldn’t happen to be chasing Press this year are you? I won’t ruin the story for with a recap but I WILL put an image up for you steal. You’re welcome! To be honest I’ve got about 5 or 6 Obama pieces in various states of completion, but again, I dunno…I think I might be suffering from Obama fatigue. And I kind of think a lot of people are. Well let me be more precise people are SICK of Bush, but they’re still a little tired of the elect Obama process. But in terms of the man, not only are not people tired of him they’re finding new and expanding ways to pay tribute. I’ve dubbed this man The First T-Shirt President. Clearly that’s just me, because many people have doctored pictures to show him in a super-hero setting. So this comic book was pretty much inevitable.


Think about the comic book is just the tip of the iceberg. They’re so much Obama stuff out there it’s crazy. Not since those popular “I Like Ike” buttons about Eisenhower have you seen people actually wearing something about the President that wasn’t a joke; like an “I’m with Stupid” shirt pointing to a Bush picture or something like that. And I’m not going to fault people for a) cashing in with any product they can get people to buy (in these times especially) or b) wanting somebody to believe in. And really that’s what it comes down to; having a guy who was actually elected by the people and the electoral college in no uncertain terms. The very act of saying “yes” to a Black President is a gesture that screams forward and upwards. But people wear Obama shirts like those Che Guevara shirts that became people about 20 years ago. And that my friend says “man of the people.”

Anyway later that night the weather got a little more serious. Actually, it got even COLDER after midnight, but it would have been against the spirit of this piece about “today” if I had shown an image form the next day.


5 thoughts on “23 Below Zero in Chicago Today but at Least the Obama Spider-Man Comic Book Arrived

  1. To guarantee future presidents are elected by the people and the electoral college in no uncertain terms, consider this . . .

    The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states (and DC).

    Every vote would be politically relevant and equal in presidential elections.

    The bill would take effect only when enacted, in identical form, by states possessing a majority of the electoral votes—that is, enough electoral votes to elect a President (270 of 538). When the bill comes into effect, all the electoral votes from those states would be awarded to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states (and DC).

    The bill is currently endorsed by 1,246 state legislators — 460 sponsors (in 48 states) and an additional 786 legislators who have cast recorded votes in favor of the bill.

    The National Popular Vote bill has passed 22 state legislative chambers, including one house in Arkansas, Colorado, Maine, Michigan, North Carolina, and Washington, and both houses in California, Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The bill has been enacted by Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey, and Maryland. These four states possess 50 electoral votes — 19% of the 270 necessary to bring the law into effect.

    See http://www.NationalPopularVote.com

  2. It’s cold here also…we’re a balmy -20 degrees!

    I am sick of all the propaganda too, it really makes you wonder what it says about our country when we commercially exploit our leaders just to make a buck or two.

  3. That’s great on the weather. i’m actually going to add a second weather image when it hit 30 below zero a few hours later, and it’s still dropping…

    Anyway, great to hear from you Chelle. But that’s the double edged sword of the Obama thing; the strange commercial motives of people producing stuff about a president for people wanting to have some sort of collectors item for the once in a lifetime aspect of Black guy being elected. Money/history.

    Now back to the comic book; did I mention that most of the issue was written by Mark Waid and drawn by Barry Kitson? 2 of my favorites.

  4. Yup, there’s some fine collectors items out there, linked to some of the best of stupid on ebay I found above. Makes the comic book seem like a much better choice for a piece of history! Maybe someday I’ll give it a read though I don’t think I want one for my kids to tear apart and scribble on, which they will undoubtedly find a way to do! I’ll have to see if I can find a PDF version online to check out.

    We went up to 38 degrees yesterday for the first time after a week, just to come back to 8 degrees today…perfect to make all the snow melt into nice mini ice skating rinks everywhere! 🙂

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