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Obama gives ‘Vulcan salute’ in photo with Nichelle Nichols of ‘Star Trek’

Actress Nichelle Nichols, who played Lt. Uhura on “Star Trek” in the 1960s, on Tuesday tweeted a photo she took in February with the one-time “Trekkie” who now occupies the Oval Office.

“Months ago Pres Obama was quoted as saying that he’d had a crush on me when he was younger. I asked about that & he proudly confirmed it!” Nichols tweeted on Feb. 29.

She followed up Tuesday with a tweet of the photo from the White House visit showing Nichols and Obama giving the Vulcan Salute.

The meeting between Obama and Nichols, who in 1968 participated in the first on-screen interracial kiss with William Shatner as Captain Kirk, was among a series of White House activities in February comemorating Black History Month.

The flashback to the Star Trek universe predictibly led to snark from the Twitterverse.

OMG BARACK JUST LOCKED UP THE GEEK DEMO. RT @RealNichelle: Taken 2/29/12 in the Oval Office - Live Long & Prosper!

— pnuts mama (@pnuts_mama) April 4, 2012

First Obama guts NASA’s budget and then he poses with Uhura from Star Trek. It’s like he’s trying to remind nerds he’s better than them.

— Indecision (@indecision) April 4, 2012

A vote for Obama is a vote for the Federation of Planets. #LiveLongAndProsper

— Cassel Kroll (@cassel) April 4, 2012

Live long but at some point you’ve prospered enoughRT: @philipaklein: Obama with Lt. Uhura doing Vulcan hand gesture

— DrewM (@DrewMTips) April 4, 2012

Need more proof of Obama’s Star Trek bonafides? Here’s a 2008 video of Leonard Nimoy describing a time then-Senator Obama flashed him the same gesture.

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Natalie Jennings is a Web producer for PostTV.


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