Not since David Letterman’s Oprah/Uma debacle at the 1994 Oscars have two such strangely named people been in the same room together. Nichelle Nichols who played Uhura on Star Trek recently met the President and, to no one’s surprise, Obama showed his geek pride.
Say what you want about his politics but Barack Obama really is our first nerd president. Sure the guy loves basketball but he’s also kind of in to technology and yeah, he’s in to Star Trek. To prove it, when Nichelle Nichols met him at the Whitehouse, he joined her in flashing Vulcan gang signs… and did it in a way that makes it seem like he’s had a lot of practice…
Actually it’s worth noting that the President does the Vulcan salute even better than Nichols, who proudly tweeted the photo.
So Mr. President, since you’re a Star Trek fan, how about giving NASA some funding so we can Boldly Go? Just a thought.