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
Star Trek's Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhura) posted this photo on Twitter last year of herself and the president.   (Twitter/@realnichelle)
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(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.
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