Obama's Jedi Nerd Fail Accidentally Describes His Presidency

Obama learned a hard lesson about making nerdy references without getting the details right. "Jedi mind-meld?" Come on!

Obama's rapid political ascent may have cost him Jedi training time. He doesn't even know the difference between a mind trick and a mind meld.
President Obama held a press conference today about how Congress just punched America in the face for no real reason (a.k.a., they let the sequester cuts happen) when Jessica Yellin of CNN asked Obama why he couldn't do something about this. Obama, trying to be clever, made this galactic gaffe:

"I can’t do some kind of Jedi mind meld on congressional Republicans,"

Obama meant to say "Jedi mind trick." That's when a jedi uses the force to mess with your mind and convince you of something you otherwise wouldn't believe like "these aren't the droids you are looking for," or "it's bad to randomly punch America in the face."

The mind meld is a Star Trek thing. That's when two people voluntarily let their mental spaces seep into one another to achieve a greater understanding.

But wait there's more! The mistake actually describes a central dynamic of the Obama presidency: he came in wanting to do a mind meld (let's put aside the partisan games and get something done), but Republicans wouldn't play that game, so his only refuge is the mind trick (i.e. continually campaigning for his positions to put pressure on Republicans to do what he wants). Obama wanted cohesion, but he's left with coercion. He wanted the decades-old but reenergized by J.J. Abrams sci-fi franchise that preaches peace and reconciliation among a diversity of races and opinions, but he's stuck with the decades-old but reenergized by J.J. Abrams sci-fi franchise that has many of the same values but ultimately boils down to good vs. evil.

Sometimes it works (more liberal Violence Against Women Act passes the House, taxes on richest Americans went back up to Clinton levels), and sometimes America gets punched in the face.

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