‘Jedi mind-meld’ is not the Star Wars reference President Obama’s looking for

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The term "Jedi mind-meld" isn't as much of a sci-fi faux pas as you might think -- at least not in a brave new world where the two franchises it references are run by the same man.

President Obama used the hybrid term during a press conference today while describing his frustration with the Republican lawmakers, specifically for their failing to stop automatic spending cuts that were to begin kicking in later today. Obama said that while the impact of the cuts won't immediately be felt, middle class families will begin to "have their lives disrupted in significant ways."

Obama also said there was only so much he could do when it comes to negotiating with the Republican party, as he's the President of the United States, not Emperor Palpatine ... or is it the Borg Queen?

"Even though most people feel that I'm being reasonable [and] presenting a fair deal, the fact that they don't take it means I should somehow do a Jedi mind-meld with these folks and convince them to do what's right," said Obama. "They're elected; we have a Constitutional system of government. What I can do is make the best possible case for why we need to do the right thing."

"Jedi mind-meld" mixes both the Jedi mind trick of the "Star Wars" universe with the Vulcan mind-meld of "Star Trek." A few months ago, this would be considered an unforgivable mistake, the kind of clueless pop culture reference that would send hardcore sci-fi fans into an indignant frenzy -- especially since the two franchises have long been considered to be at odds at each other, at least according to their respective fanbases.

Today, however, the President's term is meta-clever (however unintentionally), as both franchises have the same captain: J.J. Abrams, director of this summer's "Star Trek Into Darkness" (and its 2009 predecessor) and the near-future's "Star Wars: Episode VII." Really, under Abrams' watch, it might not be long before a character performs a "Jedi mind-meld" in either a future "Star Wars" or "Star Trek" movie.

The White House has since responded to the President's speech via Twitter, further merging the two worlds with another cross-franchise reference:

"Star Wars" in particular seems to be on the brain at the White House lately, as the current administration recently playfully rejected a petition to build a fully operational Death Star by 2016 (via the until today rather uniquely and smartly titled "This Isn't the Petition Response You're Looking For").

Actually, the White House has been all about Hollywood in general lately, with First Lady Michelle Obama making a surprise broadcast appearance at the 85th Annual Academy Awards last Sunday to co-present the Oscar winner for Best Picture with Jack Nicholson.