Animatronic Obama coming to Disney World's Hall of Presidents

Posted Monday, May 25, 2009 11:51 PM | Contributed by ridemcoaster

Barack Obama was standing on a riser inside a warehouse, delivering an inspirational speech about the blessings of freedom, when his left index finger began to twitch uncontrollably, unnerving his aides. It was an audio-animatronic representation of the president, as imagined by the Walt Disney Company, and assembled with the direct involvement of the White House staff — and of Mr. Obama himself. The president supplied not just his measurements, but he also recorded that speech (which was initially drafted by a Disney writer) — and yet another recitation of the oath of office, this one in Disney high-definition sound.

Read more and see photos from The New York Times.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009 1:00 AM

I love how he's being referred to as "Robobama". That's just awesome.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:28 AM

That's because he plays it cool.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 2:53 PM

^Ok .. Thats just weird.. I was searching for that same Video when I first saw the article..

Damn you Jeff and your faster vid searching skillz...

Thursday, May 28, 2009 1:44 AM

Actually, I couldn't care less about it. He sucks as a president anyway! He is a disgrace to this nation and shouldn't even have a place in the Hall of Presidents next to some of the greatest leaders this country has ever known. The man is no patriot!

Last edited by Kathy Seaman, Thursday, May 28, 2009 1:46 AM
Thursday, May 28, 2009 9:41 AM

You saved one of your twice-yearly posts for that?

There have been many Presidents that I've disagreed with---some more than others, and some quite vociferously. Nevertheless, each person holding the office has earned at least a modicum of respect by virtue of each respective election.

On a vaguely related note, I just finished reading an excellent book, The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University. The book was written by a Brown undergraduate (a barely-practicing Quaker) who decided to see "how the other half lived," and spent a semester at Jerry Falwell's Liberty University as a journalistic exercise.

He didn't convert, and still strongly disagrees with several fundamental principles of evangelical Christianity, but he did find the experience to be very illuminating, and was able to appreciate the students, faculty, and staff he met---and that includes Falwell himself.

This country would be much better off if more of us would take the time to try to understand "the other half." We don't have to agree with one another, but we need to understand.

Last edited by Brian Noble, Thursday, May 28, 2009 9:48 AM
Thursday, May 28, 2009 10:21 AM

Wow, three months in and he "sucks?" For real?

Thursday, May 28, 2009 10:36 AM

Where have you been? He's "sucked" since just after lunchtime on January 20th.

Thursday, May 28, 2009 11:27 AM

I don't understand how some people are going to make it four years. Then again, I guess I made it the past eight.

Thursday, May 28, 2009 11:44 AM

Yeah, I barely made it through those. I guess the fact that we have a president who is trying to actually do things that will benefit this country, instead of his friends, makes him "suck".

I could type paragraph upon paragraph, but it'll just be wasted effort, because the Limbaugh mentality then comes into play, and most people will block out logic before they listen to it.

Thursday, May 28, 2009 1:11 PM

If they could program him to fist bump Lincoln then I might actually go in the attraction again.

Thursday, May 28, 2009 1:15 PM

That's awesome! :)

Thursday, May 28, 2009 1:44 PM

You mean terrorist fist jab?

Thursday, May 28, 2009 2:23 PM

I'd spend all day at Hall of Presidents if the George W. Bush animatronic did this.

Thursday, May 28, 2009 2:28 PM

Cool/Not Cool

Last edited by Lord Gonchar, Thursday, May 28, 2009 2:30 PM
Thursday, May 28, 2009 5:56 PM

I'm all for everyone having their own opinion, but Kathy Seaman, shame on you. To label Mr. Obama as a disgrace and a non-patriot after 3 months is just pushing short-sighted political ignorance. And really, non-relevant to a forum like this anyway.

Besides, last I checked the attraction was not called Hall of Good Presidents, or Hall of Bad Presidents, or Hall of Kathy Seaman Approved Presidents. It's the Hall of Presidents, and if you haven't noticed, there are already examples of each standing there for Mr Obama to take his rightful place beside.

His addition is a good reason to visit the attraction again. My guess is, much to your dismay I'm sure, that attendance at the new Hall of Presidents will soar.

So there.

Thursday, May 28, 2009 7:29 PM

Fool me once... don't get fooled again! :)

Thursday, May 28, 2009 9:09 PM

RCMAC.. Right on point.. Before they closed down the HoP for installations, I waited in a line of 20 people in the middle of the day at Magic Kingdom.

I truly believe come July, the line there will wrap around for an attraction that typically hasnt brought large numbers. Regardless of how they feel about him.

Heck.. Maybe even Rush Limbaugh will even go see the animatronic Obama ;)

...ok.. maybe not..

Thursday, May 28, 2009 9:38 PM

Nah, he wants Robobama to fail, too.

Thursday, May 28, 2009 10:21 PM

Quoth Iago in the New Management Tiki Room show:

Boy, I'm tired. I'm going over to the Hall of Presidents to take a nap!


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