Obama: I am not 'Spock-like'

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Tonight, ABC's 20/20 will air an interview of the President and the First Lady, by Barbara Walters. Here is a preview of Obama's answer to her favorite question.

What's the biggest misconception about you?

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Me being detached, or Spock-like, or very analytical. People who know me know that I am a softie. I mean, stuff can choke me up very easily. The challenge for me is that in this job I think a lot of times the press or how you come off on TV people want you to be very demonstrative in your emotions. And if you're not sort of showing it in a very theatrical way, then somehow it doesn't translate over the screen.

Uh oh. Somebody call Maureen Dowd!

Here are some of the New York Times columnist's greatest hits:

"President Spock pledged to make hope and government cool again"

"Mr. Obama is also a control freak who learned to temper, if not purge, all emotion. But as a young man of mixed blood, he was more adept than Young Spock at learning to adjust his two sides to charm both worlds, and to balance his cerebral air with his talent for evoking intense emotion."

"I know Barack Spock likes newspapers."

"Mr. Obama has a bit of Mr. Spock in him (and not just the funny ears). He has a Vulcan-like logic and detachment."

"President Spock’s behavior is illogical."

"Mr. Obama has certainly invoked Mr. Spock’s Vulcan philosophy of 'Infinite diversity in infinite combinations.'"

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