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