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Obama Mixes Up Star Wars with Star Trek; Twitter Geeks Explode

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President Obama offended thousands of Star Trek AND Star Wars nerds by mixing up the franchise’s popular references.

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.

William Shatner Reacts to the Trailer for the New Star Trek Movie

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.