President Obama was probably trying to be nice when he reminisced about the special effects George Lucas devised for the original "Star Wars" back in the 1970s.

"I remember when I first saw 'Star Wars,' " Obama said during his opening remarks as he presented the 2012 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal to Lucas and other recipients. "There's a whole generation that thinks special effects always looked like they do today. But it used to be you'd see, like, the string on the little model spaceships."