As the Twitter-verse made abundantly clear today, President Obama mixed up his Star Trek/Star Wars references in the heat of the sequester moment. If you missed, Obama complained that he couldn't "do a Jedi mind meld with these folks and convince them to do what's right," reports ABC News. It should be, as countless tweets pointed out, either a Jedi mind trick (Star Wars) or a Vulcan mind meld (Star Trek). Some of the reaction:
- "Only a Vulcan mind meld will help with this congress," tweeted the man himself, Leonard Nimoy.
- The White House got in on the act, tweeting a photo under the "JediMindMeld" hashtag with the intro, "We must bring balance to the force."
- Bloomberg makes the case that Obama was, probably by accident, kind of correct because spinoff books talk about a "Jedi battle meld."
- Salon offers a slideshow to bolster Obama's nerd cred, including one of him giving the Vulcan salute with Nichelle Nichols, the actress who played Lt. Uhura.