BELIEVE IT! Did President Obama just quote Naruto?
President Barack Obama just did the most kickass thing any president can do in their State of the Union (SOTU) address: he quoted Naruto. Believe it.
Towards the end of his fifth SOTU address, taking place last Tuesday in the United States House of Representatives, the Commander-in-Chief decided to momentarily become Shinobi-in-Chief for the 33.3 million people watching by quoting the always awesome, always cool Naruto Uzumaki (skip to the 01:05:06 of the video for the goods).
Building on the theme of “believing” in his speech, the president used the term nine times before the end. And then, right at the conclusion, he defiantly proclaimed, “Believe it!”
If you don’t watch Naruto (gasp!), this is the catchphrase for the hero in Naruto and Naruto Shippuden. Our wannabe ninja is pretty much always saying this after anything really important, because he really wants us to believe it. In the original Japanese dub, he used to say “Dattebao!” But that word has no literal English translation so Naruto stateside just screams, “Believe it!”
You might say Obama may not even know Naruto. Well, that’s impossible. Our ninja was in Yahoo’s Top Ten Searches list in both 2007 and 2008, back when the President wasn’t the president and probably had more time to watch TV.
Besides, Naruto is the Goku of our generation—even people who don’t watch anime know him.
Plus, it's not unimaginable that he would like the orange ninja because Obama’s reading list shows his liking for Eastern philosophy and action. Two of the books he bought a few months ago were The Buddha in the Attic by Japanese-American author Julie Otsuka and Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus. Remember that Naruto has not just one, but two Buddha-referencing jutsus and the show also has a lot of samurais!
Therefore, is this farfetched? NO! But why wouldn't President Obama specifically say Naruto’s name if quoting him? Because no president wants to admit he likes this kind of show:
But anyway, for now, we should all just accept that this is a Naruto reference because politics is boring and we need something to make it a little more kickass. So, for the sake of good fun, accept it. Dream it. Wish it.
And, most of all, believe it!