U.S. President Barack Obama pokes fun at himself following 'Jedi Mind Meld' flub

By Sarah Burbank-Douglas,

Although President of the United States Barack Obama has a lot on his shoulders being the leader of the free world, critics couldn’t help but slam the President’s geek rep when he mixed up Star Wars and Star Trek — two movies of which he claims to be a huge fan.

Joining the leagues of Trekkies and Star Wars fans shaking their heads in dismay, Obama poked fun at his error Saturday evening at the annual Washington D.C. journalists’ Gridiron Dinner.

According to The Wrap, Obama took the floor like a stand-up comedian, playing off the criticisms of sci-fi nerds with some self-directed, D.C.-style mockery.

"After a very public mix-up last week, my communications team has provided me with an easy way to distinguish between Star Trek and Star Wars," he began. "Spock is what Maureen Dowd calls me. Darth Vader is what John Boehner calls me," he quipped.

The president didn’t stop there. Closing out his speech, Obama made a final, this time overtly intentional sci-fi mix-up, saying, “And in the words of one of my favorite Star Trek characters — Captain James T. Kirk of the USS Enterprise — 'May the force be with you.'"



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