Obama's 'Jedi Mind Meld' Shatters His Nerd Credibility

Esther Zuckerman

It's a good thing Obama isn't running for office again: the president, who has been known to be Spock-like and nerd-courting, just lost the support of both Star Wars and Star Trek fans. Well, except maybe J.J. Abrams.

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In his sequester press conference today, the president made a joke about using a "Jedi mind meld." He said: "Even though most people agree that I'm being reasonable; that most people agree I'm presenting a fair deal; the fact 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." But that's not a thing that exists. 

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There are Jedi mind tricks from Star Wars, and Vulcan mind melds from Star Trek. People from both the entertainment and political worlds were quick to correct—and make jokes about—the president: 

Correction, Mr. President, it's Vulcan Mind Meld, not Jedi Mind Meld #sequester

— Ed Schultz (@edshow) March 1, 2013

Jedi mind TRICK, not meld. Impeach this clown.

— daveweigel (@daveweigel) March 1, 2013

Obama lost the Star Wars vote with that "Jedi Mind meld" gaffe.

— The Fix (@TheFix) March 1, 2013

Obama concludes press conference: "Live long, prosper, and may the force be with you." #jedimindmeld

— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) March 1, 2013

Even Damon Lindelof, one of the writers of the upcoming Star Trek sequel, weighed in: 

Obama just said "Jedi Mindmeld."That sound you heard was Picard face-palming.

— Damon Lindelof (@DamonLindelof) March 1, 2013

But perhaps the President just knows something we don't: 

OK. Not a single darn one of you knows that there *isn't* a Jedi Mind-Meld. Obama may know THINGS.

— Daniel Fienberg (@HitFixDaniel) March 1, 2013

Plenty of pundits have been suggesting the Jedi mind trick, but maybe, since J.J. Abrams is now attached as director to both franchise, Obama knows something we don't know about a dreaded crossover movie. Please, Mr. President, don't let that happen.