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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Thursday, May 28, 2009 10:25 PM
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Quoth me:

Iago, GTFO of the Tiki Room.


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Thursday, May 28, 2009 10:35 PM
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Wow, how can anyone have a strong opinion after just three months? Give the guy a chance.


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Thursday, May 28, 2009 10:40 PM

Iago, GTFO of the Tiki Room.

I know I risk losing my Disney Geek Cred when I say it, but I think the new show is a lot more fun than the old---classic or no.


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Thursday, May 28, 2009 10:47 PM
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Hand over the card....

I do think it's fun, and the lighting etc is nice. I just wish they'd have done it somewhere else.


R.I.P LeRoi Moore 9/7/61 - 8/19/2008
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Thursday, May 28, 2009 10:52 PM
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No loss of Disney Geek Cred from this Disney Geek. I completely agree that the new is way more fun then the original Tropical Serenade attraction.

Guess thats what happens when you are under "new management" ;)

--ok totally geeked out there.. Waiting for Raven to save me from this exposure by saying something more Disney Geeky..


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Thursday, May 28, 2009 11:13 PM

DISGRACE? Give the guy a chance!We gave the last guy 8 years and you give Obama 3 months! This kind of talk really ticks me off!!! He is trying his best!


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Saturday, May 30, 2009 10:20 PM
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RCMAC said:
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.

My guess is, much to your dismay I'm sure, that attendance at the new Hall of Presidents will soar.

Sorry but I agree with Kathy Seaman too.
Obama is a disgrace, our economy is in a nose dive (and the crashing of the economy goes back to Clinton (look up deregulation) -- not Bush -- but all the Obamabots will even blame Bush for the civil war.

Because of this new President I have been bought out by a (credit card) company I worked for for 19.5 years. Thanks to Mr Obamas credit card regulations (aka: socialism) plus the bailout $-my company was forced to do a RIF. Thanks for nothing! :(
My son in law worked for a company doing work for the military. Because Mr Obama has pulled a bunch of military funding my son in law is now unemployed too.

What Obamabots have actually said to me is "well thanks to Obama you will get an extra $25.00/week in unemployment and you can collect it for 2 years!!' Excuse me? 25.00/week wont even cover my electric bill-I would much rather have my job. Unlike some, I dont want to live off the goverment-(aka: socialism again)

The fact remains there is a boy in the White House, who has NO experience and NO clue what he is doing there. Chicago politics are the most corrupt politics ever. You people need to turn off CNN (Communist News Network) and MSNBC and watch Fox News!

You do know that Hitler was a great speech maker too and he had no telepromptner!

I am sure if ACORN gives out free tickets the attendance to the Hall of Presidents will soar, so in that you are correct.

I will treat your President with the same respect you treated mine.

I say Rudy in 2012

Jo


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Saturday, May 30, 2009 10:52 PM
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Newsflash... the downward spiral of the economy has been in motion for several years, and had nothing to do with any particular president. You're talking out of your ass.


Jeff - Editor - CoasterBuzz.com - My Blog - Silly Nonsense

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Saturday, May 30, 2009 10:59 PM
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I hate politics. The argument has been orchestrated to be unending, and as confusing and unwinnable as possible. It keeps us from discussing what's really inportaint...rollie coasters. ;)

Last edited by LostKause, Saturday, May 30, 2009 11:00 PM
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Saturday, May 30, 2009 11:03 PM
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It's easier to quote pundits and soundbites and blame someone instead of actually taking the time to educate yourself about economics, foreign policy, etc. American prove time and time again that they just want everything to be simple (or stupid).


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Saturday, May 30, 2009 11:06 PM
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LuvRaptor said:
You do know that Hitler was a great speech maker too and he had no telepromptner!

What does that even mean? That statement is ridiculous.

I will treat your President with the same respect you treated mine.

Who are you even talking to? Aren't you a US citizen? Bush, Obama, Clinton, Reagan... they were all our presidents whether we all liked it or not.


"If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins." --- Benjamin Franklin

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Saturday, May 30, 2009 11:59 PM

Maybe we all should watch fox news because they always tell the truth! And lets listen to rush limbaugh while we are at it because he has no hidden agenda and always speaks the truth too!

Sarcasm!!!

Last edited by Coasterfreakfromeriepa, Sunday, May 31, 2009 12:00 AM

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Sunday, May 31, 2009 7:09 AM

American prove time and time again that they just want everything to be simple (or stupid).

See the movie Idiocracy if you want a privew of how that'll work out.


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Sunday, May 31, 2009 9:32 AM

What I find amazing is the president some call stupid 2 years before he left office wanted to reform freddie mac and fanny mae.The democrat congress stopped him.Our current president has spent 7 trillion in 3 months at that rate he will spend 28 trillion a year or 112 trillion in 4 years

Does anyone really think the people we send to washington are looking out for us .They are look out for number 1 (themselves)and we all know it.

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Sunday, May 31, 2009 8:10 PM

I wonder why they even bothered having him record his voice for the speech. The robot's innate robotic tone would have emulated Obama's just fine IMO.


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Sunday, May 31, 2009 8:42 PM

Does anyone really think the people we send to washington are looking out for us .They are look out for number 1 (themselves)and we all know it.

Yes, I do. I think *every* President we've had has tried to act in what they believe is the country's best interests. The trick is: not everyone agrees on what's in the best interests of the country. So, some Presidents have made decisions I think were wise, because they resonate with what I thought was also in the country's best interests. Others have made decisions I disagreed with.

But, I'm pretty sure that when each of those decisions was made, it was well-intentioned. There's been a lot of work at attempting to understand why liberals are liberal, and why conservatives are conservative. It's tied up in the very way we see the world, and our individual moral frameworks. Trying to see the world from someone else's perspective is hard, and important.

But, this thread has been an interesting example of not meeting the spirit of my earlier post:

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.

So far, mostly a shouting match---on both sides---repeating the standard "talking points" that everybody knows. That's not going to change anyone's mind, it's only going to reinforce everyone's positions, getting them to dig in their heels. Nicholas Kristoff's most recent op-ed piece in the NY Times suggests a more difficult, but probably more important, course: get to know "the enemy".

So how do we discipline our brains to be more open-minded, more honest, more empirical? A start is to reach out to moderates on the other side — ideally eating meals with them, for that breaks down “us vs. them” battle lines that seem embedded in us. (In ancient times we divided into tribes; today, into political parties.) The Web site www.civilpolitics.org is an attempt to build this intuitive appreciation for the other side’s morality, even if it’s not our morality.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/28/opinion/28kristof.html

It's a really great article, and worth a read.

Last edited by Brian Noble, Sunday, May 31, 2009 9:13 PM
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Sunday, May 31, 2009 9:06 PM

Brian, that was one of the most intelligent responses so far and would have to agree with you.


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Sunday, May 31, 2009 9:42 PM
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I pretty much concur with Mr. Noble above. Bottom line is this. He is the president of the United States and deserves the respect of that office whether you agree with him or not. I am a conservative (for the most part) and do not agree with many of the decisions that President Obama has made, but I do believe that he still deserves my respect as he has been elected by this country to fill it's highest office. Because of that, I do not even know why we are arguing whether he belongs in the Hall of Presidents like every other president before him and that he deserves his monologue, like every other sitting president has since the attraction first opened.


Certain victory.

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Sunday, May 31, 2009 11:46 PM
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I'm not so sure a president deserves respect in the general sense, but what they don't deserve is a ridiculous barrage of conclusions about their character. Brian is right in that sense, that no president does anything but look out for what he (or she, someday) thinks is best. I happen to think Bush was about the most non-scholarly guy to hold office in my lifetime, but I would never suggest that his agenda was anything other than pure, in his mind at least.


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Monday, June 1, 2009 12:49 PM
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Wait a minute! This shouting match has degenerated into reasoned debate! What happened to coasterbuzz?


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