President Obama Confuses Star Wars And Star Trek, Loses Some Nerd Cred
EDIT 3/2/13, 7:52pm: I guess those who live in glass houses…
Speaking about the failure to reach a deal with Congressional Republican leaders to avert the sequester, President Barack Obama insisted he would not force his will on anyone, saying he will not use a “Jedi mind-meld” to convince opponents he is right.
Come again, Mr. President? Surely you mean either a “Jedi mind trick,” like the fabled knights use in Star Wars to bypass weaker minds; or a “Vulcan mind meld,” used by that race in Star Trek to gain access to the thoughts of another.
The president even seemed to hesitate on the word “meld,” as if he wasn’t sure. Perhaps he knew the correct phrase, but did not want to use the word “tricks” to refer to legislative negotiations, even to describe something he wouldn’t do.
(Note: Some have pointed out that there is such a thing as a Jedi mind meld in the extended Star Wars universe; but it is not a common reference.)
Still, it was potent fodder for Twitter and internet commentors, many of whom have felt a kinship with the president who professed a love for comic books, has hosted a White House Science Fair, and appeared on an episode of Mythbusters.
But with somewhat eerie speed and graphic design skills, the White House embraced the minor gaffe. The president’s official feed tweeted a photo of Obama during the press conference, surrounded by an outer space border, and including quotes that reference both film franchises: “These cuts aren’t the solutions Americans are looking for,” paraphrasing Obi-Wan Kenobi’s famous line; and “To deny the facts would be illogical,” a statement from Spock. The tweet’s message? “We must bring balance to the Force.”
The tweet also directed users to wh.gov/jedimindmeld for more about “Obama’s balanced approach to end the sequester.”
Sadly, the president’s joke was a response to the real perception among too many Americans that he is a “tyrant,” or “Chicago thug.” (When I did an internet search for “Obama mind meld” to find video of the press conference, Google first auto-suggested “Obama mind control techniques.”) Obama had denied being a dictator just moments before, and explained that he was not going to force his opponents to do anything, no matter how unreasonable they are being. However, the president’s actual behavior seems to have little effect on his critics- though, as Jon Stewart pointed out, tyrants are usually more tyrannical.
Personally, I’ll forgive the president for his otherwise heretical confusion of Star Wars and Star Trek. He’s got a lot on his mind.
What do you think?
[via Yahoo! News]