AFP is reporting this morning that Star Wars creator George Lucas has virtually endorsed Presidential candidate Barack Obama. In part the article reads:
"We have a hero in the making back in the United States today because we have a new candidate for president of the United States, Barack Obama." Lucas said when asked who his childhood heroes were.
Obama, "for all of us that have dreams and hope, is a hero," Lucas said.
I couldn't agree more. Obama's ascent has filled me with hope for the first time in a long while. Not everyone feels similarly, obviously. Still, I remember the cynicism with which young outsider Luke Skywalker was met among the rebel alliance fighter pilots in the last act of Star Wars. Alone among his peers, he could see how destroying the Death Star was within the realm of the possible. “It’s not impossible," he argued. "I used to bulls eye wamp rats in my T-16 back home, they’re not much bigger than 2 meters."
Well, Luke did destroy the Death Star with the audacity of hope and belief, and with a little help from a friend. Now Obama just needs a Han Solo at his side (Ron Paul?). But if Luke hadn't believed that the universe could be changed by his actions, by his belief, the Emperor would still be ruling a galaxy far, far away. As Obama might say, we are the change we've been waiting for.
Still, there's a big bantha skeleton in Obama's closet. He's actually a Star Trek fan, according to a report from The Chicago Tribune: "I grew up on Star Trek," Obama said. "I believe in the final frontier."
How long before Sean Hannity picks up on this schism, I wonder?
Still, I think the Star Wars/Star Trek Obama debate misses the real point. By defeating the all-powerful, two-headed, supremely-funded Clinton establishment, we should think of Obama not as a Jedi Knight nor as a starship captain...
...but as a DRAGONSLAYER!