Truth be told, though, I wonder if even Obama understood what he was trying to say last night. The magic of the fight Rocky found himself in was that it was an exhibition fight he was supposed to lose which he turned, against all odds, into a real fight. It wasn’t a overhyped fight. It was a hyped novelty exercise. (Maybe Obama was thinking of Rocky II, which actually had a hyped fight, or maybe he understands himself and his campaign more than he typically gets credit for.) Rocky was about a no-shot long-shot going up against a seasoned pro–and, ultimately, winning a moral, not actual, victory. Perhaps that’s why Obama decided to cast himself, against type, as Creed. But, then, who would want to be the blustery, oblivious Creed who does not become a sympathetic or even likable figure until Rocky III? Maybe Obama is keeping his 2016 run in mind.
Obama vs. Putin in Putingrad? Now that’s a fight I’d like to see.