President Obama's overlapping science fiction references at a pre-sequester presser prompted a quick social media reaction to the flub.
What did he do? In response to a question at a Friday press briefing, the president said this: He wouldn't do a "Jedi mind-meld" with Congress' top two Republicans to persuade them "to do what's right."
Naturally, social media were quick to react.
Obama just confused Star Trek and Star Wars by saying Jedi Mind Meld. I think it's time to impeach.— Darth Vader (@DepressedDarth) March 1, 2013
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But the White House — sensing a disturbance in the Force — were quick to jump on the contretemps with a meme of dueling fonts, poking fun at POTUS' Star Wars/Star Trek slip and making a point while trying to quell a nation of nerd rage. (The rift between Wars/Trek was recently aggravated by the news that J.J. Abrams will be manhandling new films for both outer space franchises.)
Empire-on-Enterprise and Starfleet-meets-Skywalker are fine distraction from the sequester, but what about Congress? Let's turn now to political analyst Spock.
"Only a Vulcan mind meld would be effective on this Congress. LLAP," Leonard Nimoy emailed after the Associated Press sought his reaction.
As you were.