Vulcan, Jedi — whatever: Obama mixes sci-fi metaphors

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President Barack Obama speaks to reporters in the White House briefing room in Washington, Friday, March 1, 2013, following his meeting with congressional leaders regarding the automatic spending cuts. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Vulcan Force-choke, or Jedi nerve pinch?

Our normally sci-fi-savvy president stepped in it today when blasting opposition lawmakers for failing to stop draconian spending cuts from going into effect.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A combative President Barack Obama blamed Republican lawmakers Friday for failing to stop automatic spending cuts that were to begin kicking in later in the day, arguing he can’t perform a “Jedi mind meld” to get Republicans to agree on a deal.

Republicans said the fault was his, for insisting that increased taxes be part of the resolution.

Obama, pressed on whether he bears some responsibility for the stalemate, expressed frustration and mixed his sci-fi metaphors.

“I’m presenting a fair deal, the fact that they don’t take it means that I should somehow, you know, do a Jedi mind mild with these folks and convince them to do what’s right,” Obama said. The Jedi reference comes from Star Wars, and the mind meld from Star Trek. Read more >>

AP Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais

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Nerdvana's founder and owner. A former East Valley Tribune copy editor, page designer and website editor, he is now Digital Editor for The Pueblo Chieftain in Southern Colorado, a web design instructor at Pueblo Community College and president of the Southern Colorado Press Club. He has contributed to the popular GeekDad blog and taught online media at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, his alma mater. Lifelong Star Wars fan and Trekker who also worships all things Tolkien and Doctor Who.