March 1st, 2013
03:36 PM ET
5 years ago

#JediMindMeld: May the forced spending cuts be with you

(CNN) - If nothing else could bring the Republicans and Democrats to a deal to replace the forced spending cuts, maybe The Force can.

President Barack Obama mixed Star Wars and Star Trek metaphors in response to a question from CNN's Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin in the White House Briefing Room on Friday, saying he didn't have the power to "somehow do a Jedi mind meld with these folks and convince them to do what's right."

Obama has acknowledged he's a Trekkie, going so far as to invite Nichelle Nichols - the actress who played Lt. Uhura - to the White House.

He also said in a 2011 speech at Northern Michigan University after viewing technology teachers use to teach classes online, "I felt like the guy in Star Trek. I was being beamed around across the Upper Peninsula."

The White House tweeted:

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As did the actor who played Spock in Star Trek:

David Balser, president of the Star Trek fan association StarFleet, told CNN Friday that "a lot of Star Trek fans are also Star Wars fans" and Obama's mix-up is understandable.

"I think it's great that he's using Star Trek metaphors," Balser said, adding, "It would be great if all the political parties could get together and start to address the concerns of the nation and start to address the issues that are going on."

The official twitter account of Star Wars weighed in.

Republicans responded:

And predictably, the social media sphere reacted:

And some created vanity twitter accounts, like this one:

Others said he should be cut some slack, such as Twitter user @grifflion, who posted, "People! Obama has WAY more important things to think about other than a Star Trek or Star Wars analogy. geezuz."

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  1. harbharb

    Will President Barack Obama "refudiate" his "Jedi Mind Meld" statement?

    March 1, 2013 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    i dont understand the question by jessica yellin to the president today? is this the type of qustion we should ask to power.i mean the silly banter of the questions lends itself to qustioning this reporters credibilty..

    someone should really take away her degree in journlism, if she has one? just so one sided and silly. were is sam donaldsen... not one reporter, a thinks its wrong that this president doesnt have more press conferences. 2.. he just stands up there and gives a lecture for each question. not one reproter challenges this guy. we live in a bizzaro world and this president is treated with kid gloves....

    we need an honest assement of this administration and like times not so long ago,jounalist need to grow a pair.not be worried that they wont gwt invited to a whitehouse function.....

    jessica yellin .... did little to advance her credibility today... matter of fact turn in your press pass!

    March 1, 2013 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  3. don in albuquerque

    Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock from Star Trek, an old Vulcan saying–"The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one." Those pesky little socialist Vulcans. How dare they think you just might be your brothers keeper.

    March 1, 2013 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  4. pachy

    Actually, the current administration reminds me more of Spaceballs.

    "What have I done?! My brains are going into my feet!"

    "1, 2, 3, 4, 5? That's amazing! I've got the same combination on my luggage!"

    March 1, 2013 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  5. Shardik

    Uh, Robert – you *do* know the previous occupant of the office spent two hours a day in the gym as well as spending a record number of days on vacation. How'd you feel about that then?

    March 1, 2013 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  6. cjb

    A great president would have sat down and worked out a compromise. The Reps are trying to save the middle class by stopping the taxation on them. Everyone of you (who are working) already took a 2% hit in January due to Obama. You will be taking another tax hit when you find out you have to pay taxes to purchase health insurance (yea Obamacare). Now they want more – and I can guarantee you – it is not the rich they will be coming after – it is you. thank God for the Republicans and standing their ground on this one. The POTUS got exactly what he asked for. He is to blame for all of it. He has no intention of negotiating anything – just blaming the Reps. He is willing to put our lives at risk to do it.

    March 1, 2013 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  7. cjb

    BTW – Obama's little trip to spend with Tiger Woods – the money that cost us would have saved 341 people from being furloughed. Do you really think he cares? Actions speak louder than words.

    March 1, 2013 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  8. Tony

    The good news for Republicans is that they know what is a Jedi mind trick or a Vulcan mind meld. The bad news for Republicans is that they won't know what hits them in 2014. When you watch Fox News, you don't know that you are losing an election until Election Day.

    March 1, 2013 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  9. RonB in SC

    Obama's response should have been, "Beam me up Scotty, there's no inteligent life down here."

    March 1, 2013 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  10. Andrew

    Not even the most fantastic king sci fi dork could possibly prove that Jedi mindmelds don't or couldn't exist.

    March 1, 2013 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  11. MikeMongo

    He blames congress for not solving a problem that was HIS idea? Really?!

    March 1, 2013 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  12. Former Republican, now an Independent

    You will never do anything related to minds as long as the fanatical republicans that control the house refuse to consider anything but their already failed policies. These policies only work for the richest 5% of the nation, so the economy always tanks when current day republicans are in control.

    March 1, 2013 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  13. llatpoh

    I wish the media would focus on a the REAL issues with Obama rather on this drivel – especially given that there are so many to choose from!

    Ah, but that would mean truthfully criticizing Chairman O, which they keep refusing to do... eventually the chickens will come home to roost... or maybe they are already beginning to...

    March 1, 2013 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  14. Bill Smells

    Our President is a joke. He's divided this country and made us the laughing stock of the world.

    March 1, 2013 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  15. abmri60

    A Jedi mind trick so to say.

    March 1, 2013 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  16. rosethornne

    These are not the cylons you are looking for

    March 1, 2013 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  17. GIUK

    When dealing with the Republicans and Tea Party, it's more like Something Wicked This Way Comes.

    March 1, 2013 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  18. rs

    It is funny inasmuch to hear Republicans (here and in the news) sort of bleat that despite the fact they WROTE the Sequester, and they PASSED it in Congress that somehow Mr. Obama that obviously "tricked" them into it and it really is his fault all this is happening, and he hasn't "lead" them (as if they don't know what is right).
    This either demonstrating that Obama is a Jedi (not likely), or that Republicans are simply stupid.
    Remember- you can't fix stupid!

    March 1, 2013 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  19. xfiler93

    What a circus this Administration is. Pathetic.

    March 1, 2013 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  20. Randy, San Francisco

    It is almost a hopeless task trying to negotiate with Klingons, Romulans, or Republicans/Tea Partiers. More effective to deploy Star Ships armed with phasers and photon torpedoes.

    March 1, 2013 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  21. Spike

    The question the reporter asked was, " do you think you are responsible for any of this? " Meaning you blame it all on republicans, should you? This was his answer.

    Obama looks more and more ridiculous every passing day. Boehner doesn't look any better. They all look like selfish kids with no adult supervision.

    March 1, 2013 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  22. Davis Miller

    I'd be embarrassed to have a president who knew the particulars of either "Star Trek" or "Star Wars."

    This so-called mistake makes me respect President Obama even more.

    March 1, 2013 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  23. Chi

    He's pretty much an idiot. Maybe they do Jedi Mindmelds in the 57th state.

    March 1, 2013 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  24. Paul Cooper

    If Barack Obama is any species of Star Trek or Star Wars character, he's a Romulan; he's deceptive, deceitful, conniving, and arrogant.

    March 1, 2013 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  25. Paul

    I thought the White House already said no to the Death Star?

    March 1, 2013 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
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