This is what the president said:
- "I know that this has been some of the conventional wisdom that’s been floating around Washington that, somehow, even though most people agree that I’m being reasonable -- that most people agree I’m presenting a fair deal -- the fact that they don’t take it means that I should, somehow, you know, do a Jedi mindmeld with these folks and convince them to do what’s right."
- The reaction was swift.
Obama had conflated the Jedi mind trick from "Star Wars"
With the Vulcan mind-meld from "Star Trek"
This. Would. Not. Do.
- (Note: These people are being sarcastic.)
Still, some worried about the referenceEspecially given that J.J. Abrams, director of the recent "Star Wars" reboot, has been called on to direct an upcoming "Star Wars" movie.
- Even Abrams' old colleague from the TV show "Lost," Damon Lindelof, got in on the action.
It was a moment made for Twitter
- And the Associated Press, apparently.
Some defended the president, citing obscure "Star Wars" books:
While others sought to take credit: