Obama Loves Star Trek, Not Cheney

By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted May 17, 2009 4:48 PM CDT
President Barack Obama, wearing a Chicago White Sox jacket, cheers for his daughter Sasha's soccer team at a park in the Georgetown area of Washington Saturday, May 16, 2009.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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(Newser) – Often compared to Spock, President Obama recently took time out to see the new Star Trek blockbuster—and liked it. “Star Trek was ahead of its time,” he said in a wide-ranging interview with Newsweek. Turning to Dick Cheney, Obama said the VP's arguments for torture and unilateral action eventually lost ground inside the GOP. "So it's interesting" to see Cheney "trying to vindicate himself and relitigate the last eight years."

Obama's toughest decision yet: sending an additional 17,000 troops to Afghanistan. “There is a sobriety that comes with a decision like that ... young men and women are going to be harmed in the theater of war." Talking about his own girls, Obama said he doesn't worry about any "fishbowl effects." But "dating I think will be an issue because I have men with guns surrounding them at all times."