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Obama refers to ‘Jedi mind meld,’ sees nerd cred plummet [Updated]

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You might criticize President Obama’s drone policy or question his stance on immigration, but his nerd credentials have always been beyond reproach. After all, this the commander-in-chief who collects Spider-Man and Conan comic books, does battle with a pint-sized wall-crawler in the White House, wields Lion-O’s Sword of Omens and flashes the Vulcan salute with Nichelle Nichols. However, what happened today now throws all of that into question.

The Wall Street Journal reports that in an impromptu briefing this morning about sequestration, Obama was asked about keeping Congressional leaders in a room until a solution could be worked out. His response was absolutely shocking: “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.”

Not a Vulcan mind meld or a Jedi mind trick, but a Jedi mind meld! Nerds everywhere were sent reeling, wondering whether Mitt Romney would’ve made that mistake. (The answer: Probably not. Given his fondness for Twilight, he might’ve gone with an “imprinting” reference.) This undoubtedly will cost Obama a third term.

In fairness to the President, though, The Wall Street Journal points out there is something in the Star Wars universe alternately referred to as a “Force meld” and a “Jedi meld,” though it’s unlikely that’s what Obama had in mind.

UPDATE (1:37 p.m.): The White House has responded perfectly, tweeting the following image:

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Who the hell cares? He’s the President of the United States, the fact that he even said the word “Jedi” is good enough for me. Obviously he ment the Jedi Mind-Trick. Totally reasonable flub.

Mixing up STAR WARS and STAR TREK references??

Like say, an Alderaan’d Vulcan… ‘Little Orphaned J.Tiberius’… Obi-Wan Spock dispensing sage advice to his young charge… the Han & Leia’d Spock/Uhura romance… a Brit-accented secondary character getting in hilarious jams and a barely-comprehensible partner who somehow manages to save them with tech savvy…

Who does Obama think he is— J.J. Abrams?

Back during the 2008 campaign he thought Kato was Green Lantern’s sidekick.

[Not a Vulcan mind meld or a Jedi mind trick, but a Jedi mind meld! Nerds everywhere were sent reeling, wondering whether Mitt Romney would’ve made that mistake. (The answer: Probably not. Given his fondness for Twilight, he might’ve gone with an “imprinting” reference.) This undoubtedly will cost Obama a third term.]

A third term? I do hope that was a joke and that you do realize President’s can only serve two terms. Of course Obama is no regular President..he’s the saviour of mankind and the rules don’t apply to him possibly? :P

I’m cool with what he said though since I love SW and ST. For me his nerd cred went up. It’s like meshing two great words. It gives me images of Spock with a lightsaber in his hand.

Glenn Simpson

March 1, 2013 at 1:21 pm

He was obviously making a meta-comment about JJ Abrams going from one franchise to the other.

Liberal Tea-Partier

March 2, 2013 at 6:46 am

In mixing metaphors across the two great aisles of science fiction, the President is clearly taking a bipartisan approach.

And here we thought Obama was a Jedi master like Hikaru Sulu or Tomar-Tu but instead he’s just a muggle like Connor MacLeod. So disappointing.

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