Why Does Barack Obama Hate Brad Bird’s “The Incredibles”?

The We The People petition website is run by the White House and bills itself as a site that gives “all Americans a way to engage their government on the issues that matter to them.” Any citizen of our great nation can create a petition and round up signatures from other constituents. The petitions that achieve over 100,000 signatures will generate a response from the Obama administration. Democracy in action…or so it would seem.

Last week, a courageous American started a petition that asked President Barack Obama to “re-enact the scene from The Incredibles where Frozone is looking for his supersuit.” The petition was supported by Incredibles director Brad Bird, who retweeted the request on his Twitter account. It made a reasonable request of the leader of the free world:

However, it turns out that Obama (or his minions who run the We the People site) do not appreciate The Incredibles as much as the rest of America’s freedom-loving, tax-paying, God-fearing citizens do. In an act worthy of the Turkish government, the petition asking Obama to re-enact a simple one-minute scene from a beloved animated film and which had received over 5,000 signatures in two days, was abruptly halted by the the U.S. government. Perhaps, then, Frozone was an appropriate character for Obama to re-enact because he clearly has no qualms about freezing the needs and desires of American citizens.

The harm that has been caused to the fundamental integrity of our democratic process is unquestionable, but we should never forget that, as Americans, we have the right to demand of our leaders to perform scenes from classic animated movies. In fact, a new petition requesting that Obama dress up as Frozone has already been launched on Change.org. We will make it happen one way or another:


  • MissConception

    Really? I mean… really? The man’s administration is facing corruption allegations for Benghazi and a very poor economic track record, and we are asking him to reenact a scene from The Incredibles? Is this really the priority here?

    • AmidAmidi

      Is this really the priority here?

      Yes, yes it is.

      • FruityCushion

        I agree. I really think leading male politicians should re-enact famous scenes from animated movies.

        I hope that such endeavours may help bond the populace with their leaders. I myself sometimes feel like I need to know my prime minister a little bit better. Europe should do this to.

        Yes.

    • Jimbo2K7

      Benghazi? You still drinking that kool-ade?

      And the economic problems he inherited and a far right wing congress blocking literally everything just for the hell of it.

      Really? I mean… really?

      • MissConception

        You pretty much proved nothing in that last statement other than you jump to conclusions and you vote left. I was just merely stating his circumstances. Keep the arguments animation related, buddy.

  • Nathan

    I know this is an animation site and the focus is on animation but Obama’s got A LOT more important things right now than re-enacting a scene from the incredibles. No matter how good the movie was, it’s not important.

    • Inkan1969

      They shouldn’t have just yanked the petition. Instead, they should’ve posted a snappy comeback. Like what they did with the petition to build a Death Star, where they noted that building the 100 mile diameter space station would be a quadrillion dollar project way beyond the US budget.

    • Strong Enough

      its a joke, . relax. sheez you must be great at parties

  • http://pabster.tumblr.com/ Anonymous

    Well…I for one, would love to see this happening. He already makes frequent stops on late night shows, no reason he can’t entertain me further.

  • Elana Pritchard

    Stupid.

  • Mike

    As much as I hate to sound like one of “those people,” but isn’t this like asking the President of Mexico to quote Speedy Gonzales or the Russian President to say “Moose and Squirrel”?

    Maybe Obama doesn’t like typecasting….

    • Inkan1969

      Yeah, I got that vibe, too.

      • Mike

        Because as a blue-haired Southerner, I get a little tired of being asked to recite “My Darling Clementine” by Huckleberry Hound. Yeesh, happens all the time.

    • Lil_Nemesis

      To be honest, I don’t think the character himself is any kind of racial stereotype. The point is that they both look alike. Unless Frozone also happens to run around touting chicken and watermelons there isn’t really any stereotyping/racism happening with this character anymore than there would be from requesting a white person to play a white character they happen to look like.

      • big bad balloon

        Sweet Moses I pray this is a troll job. ohh…”lil nemeiss”(very little). So you deliberately start up stuff. Gotcha.

        Still, pretty sure this “campaign” is a joke. I’m personally sick of schools and kids asking political officials and celebrities to pretty pretty please do this or that for us. Enough entitlement.

        And yeah, this is a stupid idea.

    • http://dailygrail.com/ Red Pill Junkie

      We’d NEVER ask that of Peña Nieto.

      We would however, ask him to quote a few phrases from Jimmy Neutron :3

    • Roman S.

      Why would we ask the President of Russia to say something in a Pottsylvanian accent? ;)

  • Roberto Severino

    I think there are far more important matters at the moment like the NSA spying issue, what’s been happening with Verizon recently and the signing of the NDAA act a long while ago. Obama’s got a lot on his plate that he has to answer for at the moment and I think trying to recreate a scene from The Incredibles no matter how great the film was is the last thing on his mind.

    • Funkybat

      I agree that this is a rather frivolous use of the “We The People” site, but it was wrong for whoever makes such decisions to take the petition down prematurely.

      The fact is, even if a petition “gets enough signatures” all Obama has pledged to do is issue a response to it, it’s not like a Genie Wish where he has to do what it says. I suppose Obama, or more likely, his staff, didn’t want to have to deal with having to respond to the petition if it reached the number of signatures required. The best thing to do would have been to let it go and just not comment one way or another until it reached the necessary number, which it might not have ever even reached.

    • Strong Enough

      are you serious? it was a joke. lol

      • Roberto Severino

        Yeah, Amid got me there that time. Geez.

    • Nikolas

      Obama could re-enact one of Rick Dicker’s scenes instead.

  • Mark Neeley

    Just a hunch but something tells me the previous president would have jumped at this opportunity, and not necessarily for the right reasons. (and please folks, this is just a satirical comment, nothing political).

  • Chuck D

    I know I don’t

    • Roberto Severino

      Sarcasm or not, I didn’t find it that funny either.

  • Till

    Of course Obama doesn’t like The Incredibles. It’s the superhero equivalent of Ayn Rand.

  • Jules

    Geez, guys. Can’t Amid make a joke? And then some accuse him of being a grump …

    The article certainly made me smile. I think that’s a good thing.

  • Thad Komorowski

    Onion worthy.

  • mick

    I sent a joke letter to george dubya requesting that he behave like a delusional coked up cowboy with a chip on his shoulder. Some times they do listen

  • Inkan1969

    Exactly why is Frozone the specific character from the movie that people want Barack Obama to play?….

  • Ant G

    O I get it, He should reenact the scene of the token black character
    because he himself is (half) black. Hilarious. Next when Hillary is
    president, let’s ask her to reenact only blonde women roles in disney
    movies. She can be a damsel in distress in so many different cosplays!
    I’m so glad that Petitions in the whitehouse website is treated for
    serious matters and not as a farce.

  • Riu Tinubu

    Ugh, I’m reading this and it’s coming off as ‘black person A’ should do the funny thing ‘black-person B’ did. Well, that’s exactly what it is. I’ve been put in that same situation many times, exclusively from white people, and it kills me. You really don’t see the problem with this?

    Why *should* he re-enact Frozone’s bit? What relation does he have to the character other than his skin colour. (and even then…)

  • Dana B

    Only in America…

  • canimal

    I can only imagine how awkward and cringeworthy that would be.

  • Joel

    Before I even saw who wrote it, I knew this article was written by Amid. Nevertheless, I laughed heartily at the story and how he presented it. Thanks for the chortles, Amid!

  • Walt

    I think this is the scandal that breaks the camels back. Impeachment!!

  • the Gee

    You’ve all have probably seen photos of presidents getting team jerseys from a sports team that just won a championship, right? The president is shown smiling and holding up the jersey (which might have his name on it).

    Most presidents, especially this one, know that being seen wearing something which makes you look silly is to be avoided. So, a hypothetical: Obama did decide to make the video parody. That would only set up the stage for the video being used against him in a campaign ad of some sort. He knows that.

  • boyraisin2

    Hey, he had time to “Slow Jam the News” with Jimmy Fallon, so he could do this. Maybe for the next Correspondents’ Dinner…

  • Axolotl

    If all the politicians in the world quit and reenacted Pixar scenes instead, the world would be a better place. I’d like to see Vladimir Putin as that grasshopper from A BUG’S LIFE. Maybe Kim Jong-un as that kid in UP…

  • molochmachine

    Yeah, no. That stuff is pretty racist.

  • Ronnie

    Hey, if he’s busy re-enacting movie scenes, he doesn’t have the time to keep screwing things up by doing crap like arming the rebels!

  • Roberto Severino

    It’s harder for me to tell sarcasm on the Internet usually, but Amid did a great job fooling me here. Sorry about that.

  • Richard

    I’m sorry…”minions”?
    I am now ashamed of my liberal affiliations.

  • chris

    jeez, talk about a misleading headline.

  • canimal

    You know, racism doesn’t have to be conscious, intentional, or directly fueled by hatred to still be racism. Contrary to what you believe, people spend more time trying to rationalize and defend problematic behavior than it would take to just admit that something is clearly inappropriate.

  • Shazbot

    Frankly, Barack Obama and his party are real-life counterparts to the politicians who put Mr Incredible and his ilk out of business in the movie. You know, the Nanny state types…

  • pjthelogan

    That comment was so beautiful, I almost screamed hallelujah! Intelligent, pointed, and I couldn’t agree with you more!

    • joesixpackamerican

      Then enlighten us on Obama’s bizarre adoration of Jay-Z. Seems he’d prefer to drop lines from No Hurch In The Wild than quote Frozone.
      THAT should show O’s priorities.
      #fail