Lucasfilm weighs in on Obama's #jedimindmeld

Lucasfilm weighs in on Obama's #jedimindmeld

Lucasfilm weighs in on Obama's #jedimindmeld

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by CNN

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Posted on March 4, 2013 at 11:26 AM

(CNN) – Live on, the story does.

After the nerd-world lit up following President Barack Obama's now-famous Star Wars mix-up on Friday, Lucasfilm, the company behind the movie series, has officially weighed in.

Obama said Friday he didn't have the power to "somehow do a Jedi mind meld with these folks and convince them to do what's right" on reaching a deal to avert the forced spending cuts. The comment came in response to a question from CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin after the president met with top congressional leaders from both parties.

For anyone fluent with the two sci-fi ventures, the jumble was obvious: Obama conflated the Jedi mind trick with the Vulcan mind meld (duh!). The debate brought out "Star Trek" stars George Takei (Mr. Sulu) and Leonard Nimoy (Spock), a comical response from the White House, and even a petition calling for an apology from the president (It has 53 signatures).

But a spokeswoman from Lucasfilm said the president wasn't too far off the mark.

"President Obama might have created a mash-up of Star Wars friends at Lucasfilm and Star Trek but he also might be a lot more savvy with his knowledge of Star Wars than anyone is giving him credit for," Lynne Hale said. "In some of the Star Wars spin-off books there is a 'Force Meld'."

She continued: "All of President Obama's friends at Lucasfilm would love to believe that his expertise in Star Wars knowledge runs deep..."

So what is a "Force Meld"? Besides an excellent trivia answer, a force meld is apparently "a technique where a number of Force users join their minds together through the Force, drawing strength from each other," according to "Wookieepedia," the Star Wars wiki.

No matter what Obama meant to say, he'll likely still feel support from the Star Wars community. After all, Star Wars creator George Lucas was a major donor of Obama's election bids. And the president has wielded both Star Wars and Star Trek references in the past–with success.

 
 

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