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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soundoff (113 Responses)
  1. Aerin

    It's Jedi mind trick people!

    March 1, 2013 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  2. Fuzzy Thinker

    This guy is not from here.

    March 1, 2013 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  3. fel121

    You will bring captain solo and the Wookie to me.

    March 1, 2013 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  4. Mm

    Gee...I'm so glad I'm no longer a Republican....The energy it takes to defend their actions alone is enormous...

    March 1, 2013 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  5. Bob

    I think Obama did that on purpose so that when some GOP pundit tried to tell him he was mixing Star Wars and Star Trek he could point at them at shout "NERD!"

    March 1, 2013 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  6. Hal Atosis

    Jar Jar Binks would make a better President. Barry is starting to make Biden look smart.

    March 1, 2013 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  7. oneWayfarer

    MR. Spock would use a Vulcan Mind Meld to pull off a Jedi Mind Trick

    March 1, 2013 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  8. Ed1


    Seems you don't know the difference between earned income and capital investments or you would know that earned income has three levels and the rich pay the most and capital gains everyone pay the same rate if you invested in stocks held them for a least a year then sell them.

    You can't make up stupid.

    March 1, 2013 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  9. Baojiu

    It was spoken in the spirit of bipartisanship space nerds.

    March 1, 2013 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  10. g

    the republicans have been working since 1980 to put middle class workers out of work-middle class is the last thing on the republi cans mind

    March 1, 2013 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  11. Vir Koto

    May the farce be with you.

    March 1, 2013 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  12. gw

    The WH twitter graphic suggests it was intentional and was a play on bi-partisan. It uses the fonts from both star wars and star trek.

    March 2, 2013 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  13. Lost in Space

    Just another example of Obama trying too hard to be cool by referencing a pop-culture favorite. Next time, he might want to make sure he knows what he's talking about – otherwise, he just looks like the clueless, out-of-touch, elitist he really is. Another case of, "Let them eat cake!"

    March 2, 2013 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  14. MC

    So he said mind meld instead of mind trick. Must be a very slow news day.

    March 2, 2013 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  15. ngiotta

    I'm not surprised he messed this one up. He didn't have a teleprompter. Next up, he's going to propose lightphaser control.

    March 2, 2013 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  16. Mcman71

    It seems that no one has realized the true genius of the Obamas statement in light of the fact that JJ Abrams is now in charge of both movie franchises. Well payed sir. Well played.

    March 2, 2013 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  17. DN

    Hey guys, childish, partisan bickering aside, if we cant handle a tiny cut like this we are in some serious trouble.

    March 2, 2013 03:39 am at 3:39 am |
  18. Peter Goesinya

    He'll deny ever saying it and libs will continue to worship their king.

    March 2, 2013 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  19. Josh

    Only the republicans would point out a mix up about science fiction worlds as they inhabit a made up world of their own with their own alterantive reality

    March 2, 2013 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  20. Ralph_in_Fl

    One cannot fault the President for getting confused, after having to deal with all those highly illogical Republicans.

    March 2, 2013 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  21. Mike in SA

    Funny, the same people who mocked Rubio for just needing a drink of water are now being all defensive about Anikin Spock...errr...Spock Skywalker....ummm...hmmm.

    March 2, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  22. Doug

    So.....POTUS say's he's not Obi wan or spock too keep the congress locked in Washington and prevent them from going home.

    March 2, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  23. James

    In order to do a mindmelt, one first needs to be a real Jedi, leader and not a liar. To compare himself to a Jedi is the same as people comparing Obama to MLK...both are Galaxies apart!

    March 2, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  24. Meki60

    Obama acts like a 6 year old when he does not get his way and then wonders why he has criticism

    March 2, 2013 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  25. Ed1

    Seems to me you don't know how to bring people together on divide them.

    Looks like the signs of Germany are knocking at our door just like in the 40's.

    Be careful of what you want your government to provide you we could be another third world country very soon.

    Obama likes to scare and divide people to look like a savior coming to the rescue when what it really means I will cry until I get my way and blame everyone else but me.

    March 2, 2013 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
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