Spock Himself Chimes In on Obama's Jedi Gaffe

President mixes up his 'Star Trek,' 'Star Wars' references

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 1, 2013 5:26 PM CST

(Newser) – 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.

Star Trek's Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhura) posted this photo on Twitter last year of herself and the president.
Star Trek's Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhura) posted this photo on Twitter last year of herself and the president.   (Twitter/@realnichelle)
This undated file photo shows Leonard Nimoy as Spock, William Shatner as Captain Kirk, DeForest Kelley as Doctor McCoy, and James Doohan as Commander Scott.
This undated file photo shows Leonard Nimoy as Spock, William Shatner as Captain Kirk, DeForest Kelley as Doctor McCoy, and James Doohan as Commander Scott.   (AP Photo/Paramount Television ,File)
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