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Obama reveals ‘secret project': ‘We’re building Iron Man’

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“Today I am joined by researchers who invent some of the most advanced metals on the planet; designers who are modeling prototypes in the digital cloud; folks from the Pentagon who help to support their work — basically, I’m here to announce that we’re building Iron Man.”

That’s a direct quote from President Barack Obama during a White House manufacturing innovation event. Although it was a joke — “I’m going to blast off in a second. This has been a secret project we’ve been working on for a while. Not really. Maybe. It’s classified.” — the reality is that Iron Man-like technology has been in development, in one form or another, for some time.

In 2010, a panel of experts in special effects and sciences gathered at CalTech to discuss the science of “Iron Man” in film, and Assistant Professor of Computer Science Andreas Krause stated there were several Iron Man-like exoskeleton suits in development.

One of those suits is the Raytheon second-ten robotic exoskeleton, the XOS 2, which Agent Coulson himself, Clark Gregg, actually tried on during a special event in 2010. The suit was designed to help soldiers carry ordinance and survival packs that normally come with a hefty weight penalty.

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“I didn’t know what to expect,” Gregg said when he saw the XOS 2. “I didn’t know if we were going to come in and see some kind of giant freight moving version of the thing that Sigourney Weaver wore in Aliens. This is much more nimble and very much clearly a stepping stone to something that’s going to be in use with contemporary soldiers in, I would guess, the next 10 or 20 years if not sooner.”

It’s been four years since Gregg tried on the XOS 2 — and considering the rate at which technology progresses these days, it’s possible that we’ll be seeing Iron Man sooner rather than later.

But, hey, it’s classified.

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Oh how cute. Our government continues to use super technology to better spy on and destroy anyone they choose. Now, if it were a Republican in office, we’d all be really angry and scared and a hundred editorials would be written. But because it’s a smiling Democrat who’s brazenly joking about it, everything is cute and happy and funny. “Yay Iron Man! Go beat those bad guys!”

Dissix: You’re cliched hatred of Democrats is missing the point of the article or the point of human life, really.

Dssix, way to take something that should be seen as cute and funny and turn it into something to yell at. Seriously dude.. just enjoy the reference to comic book culture and take your political grudges to Fox News or something.

Dissix: proof that you can spin anything, absolutely anything, into more fuel for a personal beef or agenda.

HE did spin it well, but I love the “Maybe, it’s classified.” Umm…. if it was a Republican I’d be even happier. I am tired of hearing stupid Republicans lately. I know there are smart ones out there, don’t let the lunatics make you look bad. I know many smart Republicans, it’s just the vocal idiots that make you looks bad. Someone help Chris Christie please, he’s a sane one and we need him around.

“So me and my brother were hanging out outside the mall, and there’s this guy by the dumpsters, and he says he’s an Air Force recruiter. And then he says ‘You homies wanna be Iron Man?’ At first we’re like ‘Who the f**k sitll says homie?’ But then we’re like ‘Iron Man? Hell yeah!’ Long story short, we go through all this training AND college and pilot school and it’s just f**king War Machine.”

Why is this news? Because we’re supposed to “love” Obama automatically as he’s somehow become part of the comic book community, thus anything he says related to superheroes is cute and funny? They don’t put on the imdb home page whenever he gives his opinions about stupid movies instead of running the country so it shouldn’t be any different here.

“Brian” – great name, dude. See my response to Dissix. It applies to you, too.

You children will one day realize how gloriously you’ve been propagandized by the media. People like Dissix and Brian can at least see the cracks in the facade and are attacked for merely being aware of reality. Whether you want to believe it or not and whatever side of the fake left/right paradigm you identify with, Obama is a war-monger, no different than Bush.

Odd that “comic” books appeal to so many people with no sense of humor. It’s a light-hearted nod to something many of us like uttered by the most powerful man on Earth. Worth a quick mention here, if anywhere.

Sounds more like they’ll be making Detroit Steel…

Democrat or Republican they’re all in the same party… this is some really scary news to know that anyone would have that kind of power.

Wow Dissix, you called it. Look how all the naive sheep come running to Obama’s defense. If it were Bush? Whoa! Watch out!

But the way, anyone who trusts the federal government is a fool, no matter which party is in control. I don’t believe for a second they are “all the same,” but neither can be they be fully trusted. If history hasn’t shown you that then you haven’t been paying attention.

I don’t see how it matters whether it were Obama, Bush, Clinton, Carter, or Bush 41 who said it. It’s notable simply because the president made a comics reference.

Another president would be even more notable given that he would be undead.

@Brian

This is Robot 6, would you expect anything less?

Seriously, guys, this isn’t going to be a flying suit that shoots repulsor beams. It’s just a high-tech version of body armor. And I’d much rather our military spent money on body armor to protect our soldiers than on tanks and missiles.

Obama – “The truth is… I am Iron Man.”

Fanboys – Nooo You’re suppose to be War Machine becaue you are blaaack

A healthy distrust of government would have been commendable, were it not coming from the mouths of probable Republican Libertarians, who are so distrustful of “Big Government” and “Big (non-Fox) Media”, but for some weird reason so accepting of “Big Business” and “Big Church” and “Big (Fox) Media.

I prefer an equal opportunity distrust of all big organizations.

Americans… lol

Cause Benghazi! Now excuse me while I go steal a car.

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