When J.J. Abrams signed on to direct the new Star Wars: Episode VII, it seemed like geek blasphemy for the director of Star Trek Into Darkness to crossover to a galaxy far, far away. It seems like everyone has Star Wars and Star Trek on the brain, even the President of the United States, Barack Obama.
During a press conference at the White House, President Obama was answering questions about the state of Congress and their sequestering over the current Government financial situation and possible shut down. President Obama responded to a question about simply locking up Congress until they come to an agreement. The President stated, “I am not a dictator, I’m the President,” that he can’t merely force (no pun intended) them to agree. President Obama then misspoke and confused Star Wars and Star Trek,
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, you know, do a Jedi mind meld with these folks and convince them to do what’s right.
There you have it! President Obama confused the Jedi Mind Trick and the Vulcan Mind Meld. This confusion enraged sci-fi fans across the Internet. Politics website Politico.com even made a useful video illustrating the President’s mistake and the differences between the two. Watch the video below:
It seems like the White House has a good sense of humor over the gaff. Their official Twitter account added to the quickly spreading Internet meme with the below image.
— The White House (@whitehouse) March 1, 2013
Honestly, let’s give the President a break. He’s had a lot on his mind, so it’s understandable that he confused Star Wars with Star Trek. He’s still, by far, the most geek savvy President we’ve had in recent memory.