During his “Sequester Presser” on Friday, President Barack Obama set social media on fire by conflating Star War with Star Trek, two very different things (according sci-fi fans the world over).
While arguing that he has been perfectly reasonable in budget negotiations with the GOP, the president said that some seem to think “that I should somehow do a Jedi mind meld with these folks and convince them to do what’s right.”
However, as sci-fi nuts everywhere will tell you, it’s either “Jedi mind trick” or the “Vulcan mind meld.” You can’t mix the two up.
Unsurprisingly, Twitter blew up with everyone weighing on the president’s sci-fi misstep. In fact, the back and forth became so great on social media that the White House’s official Twitter account (yes, you read that right) just minutes ago posted the following picture:
Also, in case you were wondering, if you try to go to the White House’s “Jedi Mind Meld” site, it just redirects you a site crowded with a bunch of sequester data.
Final Thought: While we can certainly appreciate the humor in the above graph, we find its reference to the Star Wars prequels (“We must bring balance to the Force“) unforgivable. I thought we had all agreed never to speak of those movies again.
Shame on them.
Bonus — A little fun from Leonard Nimoy (aka the original Spock):
Only a Vulcan mind meld will help with this congress. LLAP
— Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) March 1, 2013
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