This Obama needs no teleprompter.



The Hall of Presidents at Walt Disney World just got a little bit more diverse. Find out when Obama makes the Hall his hizzy after the jump…

For most people, it’s nothing more than a brief respite from the humid Florida heat. A chance to make the kids go to sleep. A long, boring presentation that just can’t compete with Splash Mountain. And I have to admit that I’ve taken a siesta or two during the show. Yet, it’s always been one of my favorites. I love the history thing. And the idea of a robotic Abraham Lincoln never gets old.

Speaking of getting old, the whole ride’s been in need of a serious upgrade for years. It’s been closed since this past November. And come July the 4th, we get to see the latest version including an silicon/electronic version of Barack Obama.  The NY Times reports that “the president supplied not just his measurements, but he also recorded a new speech (which was initially drafted by a Disney writer and brushed up by White House staffers) — and yet another recitation of the oath of office, this one in Disney high-definition sound. Disney officials have cloaked the project with a blanket of secrecy befitting the Secret Service, permitting this reporter to be the only journalist thus far to view the figure up close but allowing only a Disney photographer to take its picture.”

I’m also excited to see the other improvements they’ve made to the theatre and to the other robotic presidents. New sound system. New film narrated by Morgan Freeman. New recitation by Lincoln of the Gettysburg address. George Washington now speaks. And of course, there’s Obama. If you’ve seen the Johnny Depp addition to the “Pirates of the Caribbean” ride, you know that it’s incredibly lifelike. And my guess is that Robobama will be even more impressive.

We’ll definitely see the Hall O’Robots when we go to Disney in October. And while we’re on the subject, the “The American Adventure” is also one of my favorites.

Published in: on June 15, 2009 at 5:04 am  Leave a Comment  

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