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Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 03/01/2013

Obama’s ‘Jedi mind meld’ mixes sci-fi worlds


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President Obama might be urging cooperation between Democrats and Republicans on the sequester.

But the only things that seems to be mixing at the moment are metaphors.

During his news conference Friday, Obama said some people unfairly expected him to be able to force Republicans to accept his terms. “Even though most people agree... I’m presenting a fair deal, the fact that they don’t take it means that I should somehow do a Jedi mind-meld with these folks and convince them to do what’s right,” he said.

That phrase “Jedi mind meld,”which he uttered during extemporaneous (read: no prompter or script) remarks during the question-and-answer portion of the newser, appears to combine elements from two distinct sci-fi worlds.

A “Jedi mind trick” is a power exercised by Jedi Knights in “Star Wars,” usually accomplished by verbal ma­nipu­la­tion (Famous example: “These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.”)

But “mind meld” is a phenomenon from “Star Trek.” It’s a method of communication used among Vulcans, like Spock.

Obama’s mash-up of the two is certain to provoke outcry among the fervent fans of each franchise. And no matter what happens in Washington, the president might find that bringing together Trekkies and Star Wars aficionados might be tougher than brokering a bipartisan compromise.

But perhaps it can be done. The gaffe inspired the Twitter hashtag #ObamaSciFiQuotes in which clever fans combined lines from the two...

UPDATE: The White House has embraced the gag, tweeting out the following photo and a link to wh.gov/jedimindmeld.

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