President Obama's Sci-Fi Mix Up

By StarTrek.com Staff - March 01, 2013

President Obama must be a fan of Star Wars AND Star Trek. What makes us say that? Well, we know he's a Star Trek guy. He's said as much in the past, and there was that recent photo of him posing with Nichelle Nichols -- and doing the split-fingered Vulcan greeting gesture -- at the White House. However, today, while addressing the whole sequester situation, President Obama mangled his sci-fi speak -- or did he?

 

  

Asked by a reporter during a briefing why he didn't just prevent Congressional leaders from leaving the room until the matter was settled, the President noted that he's not a dictactor and that he couldn't have Secret Service men block the door. He then added the following: “And I know that this has been some of the conventional wisdom that’s been floating around Washington that somehow, even though most people agree that I’m being reasonable, that most people agree I’m presenting a fair deal, the fact that they don’t take it means that I should somehow do a Jedi mind meld with these folks and convince them to do what’s right..." Below is the image (attempted meme) that was tweeted by The White House in response to the video's popularity.

 

 

Now, buried deep in history books of Star Wars, there actually IS a little something called the Jedi meld, but we're guessing that that the President goofed and meant to say the Vulcan mind meld.

 

Vulcan Mind Meld

 

So, what did you think of the moment? Was it a gaffe or did President Obama brilliantly reach out across the aisle to Star Trek and Star Wars fans?

 

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