Beam me up, Yoda: Obama won't do 'Jedi mind meld'
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President Barack Obama refers to a "Jedi mind meld" as he answers a reporter's question after meeting with congressional leaders regarding the automatic spending cuts at the White House in Washington, Friday, March 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
President Barack Obama refers to a "Jedi mind meld" as he answers a reporter's question after meeting with congressional leaders regarding the automatic spending cuts at the White House in Washington, Friday, March 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — He's not a dictator and won't entertain the idea of a "Jedi mind meld" with opponents. There's no "secret formula or special sauce" he can slip foes to make them see things his way. And not to worry, he says, the situation may look dire but won't be an "apocalypse."

So who was the guy in a suit who showed up Friday in the White House briefing room, mixing metaphors and references to "Star Wars" and "Star Trek"?

"I am not a dictator. I'm the president," Barack Obama declared as he rejected the idea of using burly Secret Service agents to keep lawmakers from leaving until everyone agreed on a budget. He answered reporters' questions shortly after an inconclusive, 52-minute meeting with the Democratic and Republican leaders of the House and Senate.

"So ultimately, if Mitch McConnell or John Boehner say, 'We need to go to catch a plane,' I can't have Secret Service block the doorway. Right?"

Even if he did bar his office — the oval one — Obama said he wouldn't do a "Jedi mind mild" with Congress' top two Republicans to persuade them "to do what's right."

Yoda-quoting nerds, Beltway insiders and even Hollywood heroes were instantly abuzz. The presidential mishmash of sci-fi references went viral, turning off geeks who had considered Obama to be one of them with a slip of the tongue that was almost as bad as confusing Klingons and Ewoks, or even Democrats and Republicans.

Jedis are from "Star Wars," while mind-melds happened on "Star Trek."

Mister Spock of "Star Trek" weighed in.

"Only a Vulcan mind meld would be effective on this Congress. LLAP," Leonard Nimoy emailed after The Associated Press sought his reaction. Nimoy signed off with the abbreviation for his "Live long and prosper."

As for the situation that led Obama to the briefing room in the first place, he could have quoted Bobby McFerrin and just said: "Don't worry, Be happy."

Instead, the president went with: "This is not going to be a apocalypse."

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AP Science Writer Seth Borenstein and Associated Press Writer Caleb Jones in New York contributed to this report.



Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Lib in Cobb
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March 03, 2013
@Vorant: I love it when the winger's heads explode over something so minor. Keep up the good work, it is people like you who make the GOP look so foolish.
Vorant
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March 04, 2013
@Lib in Cobb,



I can't count the times I heard references or saw editorial cartoons referring to George Bush as a Chimp. So your comment falls on deaf ears....

Vorant
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March 02, 2013
How true since the current occupant of the oval office is lacking his... (mind that is)

"Mister Spock of "Star Trek" weighed in.

"Only a Vulcan mind meld would be effective on this Congress. LLAP," Leonard Nimoy emailed after The Associated Press sought his reaction. Nimoy signed off with the abbreviation for his "Live long and prosper."
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