The Hollywood Reporter explains his gaffe,
Addressing reporters about the so-called budget sequestration that would gut government spending at midnight, Obama said that he could not force congress to pass a bill to prevent the cuts’ implementation. He is a president, he said, not a dictator, and can’t use a “Jedi mind meld” to force Republicans’ hands.
His flub was combining a “Jedi mind trick” (from Star Wars) with a “Vulcan mind meld” (from Star Trek.) It’s almost a “malapropism” in which, one replaces “an incorrect word in place of a word with a similar sound.” (Thanks, wikipedia.) Mind trick, mind meld, preeeeettty close. Twitter freaked out, but I’m pretty sure 90% of it was in good fun. Man I hope it was in good fun.
Obama is a Star Trek fan, apparently. He invited old school Star Trek cast member Nichelle Nichols to the White House in 2012, and they posed in a photo doing the Vulcan salute.
Live long and may the force be with you, Obama.
March 1, 2013 at 4:30 pm by Catherine St. Ives
You guys I saw the new Star Trek film tonight!!!!! Being the Trekkie that I am, I felt compelled to do a video blog about my thoughts. If you don’t feel like watching it, here’s the Cliffs Notes: IT WAS AMAZING AND YOU NEED TO SEE IT!!!
May 8, 2009 at 12:17 am by Evil Beet
When Billy Bush from Access Hollywood interviewed William Shatner recently, he had the presence of mind to show him the trailer for the new Star Trek movie, which Shatner had somehow not yet managed to see.
For those of you not in the nerd loop, George Takei (who played Sulu in the original series) and Shatner have had an ongoing feud for the last decade or so. It sounds a lot like a 4th grade schoolyard fight (like most celebrity feuds) with Shatner claiming that Takei is just mean to him all the time and Takei taking pot shots at the Shats and his larger-than-life personality every time he goes on a talk show. Shats is still upset that he didn’t get invited to the wedding.
I’m upset I still have to wait 5 more days before I can see this movie.
May 2, 2009 at 2:43 pm by Kelly
Thanks to the inimitable MK over at popbytes for this awesome pic of the Star Trek movie premiere, which is just about to get started in Hollywood!!!
I haven’t been this excited for a movie in a loooong time! I used to be a secret Star Trek fan, until I started writing this blog and then it really wasn’t much of a secret anymore. Now I’ve just decided to own it. So here goes: I had a full-size Beverly Crusher cardboard cut-out in my room as a child and I dressed up in Star Trek costumes for Halloween and I’ve met Wil Wheaton like three times and he signed my boob once and I’ve seen every single episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation and yes I go to the conventions and I like them.
That is all.
April 30, 2009 at 5:07 pm by Evil Beet
I’m so happy I wrote this post if for no other reason than it led me to this picture of William Shatner and the Mayor of Long Beach at the grand opening of Star Trek: The Tour– a nasty little nugget of Treksploitation that floats 40 years worth of memorabilia around in a cruise ship, looking to fleece Trekkies and Trekkers in a city near you. Even though I say that, if it comes anywhere near Nashville (doubtfull since Tennessee is a land-locked state) I’ll still fork over the cash to go see it. Feel my pain, fellow Trekkers. Feel my pain.
But I digress. That’s not what this post is about.
This post is about the fact that Hustler plans to release a hardcore porno flick based on Star Trek: The Original Series, which will make it the first piece of Star Trek related merchandise where getting fucked up the ass is the main feature, and not just the lamentable side effect of shelling out your hard-earned cash for an expensive piece of poorly-designed crap. *Shakes angry fist at Paramount’s licensing division*
The film, starring Evan Stone and Tony DeSergio – as Captain Kirk and Mr Spock respectively – is set to go before the cameras next month.The project is the latest in Hustler’s ongoing bid to turn classic US TV shows into porn films. This Ain’t Star Trek XXX! will follow Not Three’s Company XXX and This Ain’t Happy Days XXX onto DVD.
Now that’s one box set I’d like to have for the video library!
While it makes me giggle to think of Spock and his giant Vulcan schlong, a hardcore version of Star Trek actually isn’t much of a stretch– considering that 15 minutes of every episode were dedicated to Shatner-on-alien softcore anyway. And much of the humor in Three’s Company revolved around the sexual tension between the three roommates, so a hardcore version isn’t all that difficult to imagine.
But trying to picture what would happen in a raunchy, X-rated version of Happy Days just makes me laugh out loud. And then my brains shut off.
And yes, I will watch it if I can get my hands on it. I’ll even let you know how it is.
April 5, 2009 at 6:44 pm by Kelly
The National Enquirer thinks Anna Nicole’s underlying cause of death was pneumonia. And if it ran in the National Enquirer, it must be true. [Celebslam]
I knew this world was missing something. I thought it was, like, a cure for AIDS and cancer, or peace, or even potable water, but it turns out it was just a hip-shakin’ Beyonce/Shakira duet. Phew. [POTP]
Oh hells yes. A new Star Trek movie in the works! [Pajiba]
Carmen Electra’s next big career move is as a magician’s assistant in Las Vegas, where maybe she can make another marriage disappear. [popbytes]
Katherine Heigl isn’t leaving Grey’s Anatomy anytime soon, although they do hate her quite a bit around there. [ICYDK]
Jennifer Love Hewitt has very lovely breasts. [Egotastic]