Force choke? White House owns ‘Jedi mind meld’ slip

Olivier Knox
The Ticket

President Barack Obama may have drawn a bit of nerdly wrath on Friday by saying he couldn't just "Jedi mind meld" Congress into agreeing to compromise to avoid painful spending cuts known as sequestration. Obama committed what people who show up to movies two weeks early and in homemade Stormtrooper costumes may consider a cardinal sin: giving the Jedi of Star Wars a skill attributed to the Vulcans of Star Trek.

Twitter erupted, highlighting the entirely unsurprising reality that inside-the-Beltway types take their sci-fi seriously—though not, evidently, as seriously as some.

While the White House's default response is to find your lack of faith disturbing, this time it moved without Rancor to defuse the controversy with a tweet that quite deliberately blended both universes. (For those of you who don't speak the language, it's a play on "These aren't the droids you're looking for" and one of Mr. Spock's refrains, each in the appropriate font).

Hey, it beats trotting out Press Secretary Jay Carney in a gold bikini.

(Is this a bad time to point out that Darth Vader, né Anakin Skywalker, is the one who brings balance to the For—forget it.)

When it comes to turning a minor gaffe into a political asset, though, Rubio shot first!