The take-away from that presser was supposed to be “I AM NOT A DICTATOR” which worked pretty good for awhile. Then all the geeks, counter-geeks and presidential pundits had to weigh in.
Next thing you know we’re getting analyses of whether the mix up of “Jedi mind tricks” with “Vulcan mind-meld” was purposeful, to demonstrate that Big Guy’s too cool to be a nerdy sci-fi geek. That argument was immediately countered by the nerdy sci-fi geeks - who really want to own this guy - that there is such a thing as a Jedi mind-meld, it’s just technically known as a Force-meld.
Again, whenever BO makes a gaffe like this (or all of these), you can blame TOTUS: either for not keeping up with him (who can?), going dark (racist), or scrolling the wrong words – as was the case this time.
It wasn’t strictly TOTUS’ fault though; when BO’s staff reviewed what the writers were going to have the articulate Won say about the Vulcan mind-meld, they panicked, seeing an onslaught of ear jokes. Knowing how sensitive BO is about his ears, they reloaded his words at the last minute changing it to a Jedi mind-meld.
MoDo’s still waiting for her invitation to the Big White; so don’t tell her how sensitive BO is about his ears.
Butt as Prof. Jacobson has noted, “Obama means never having to say you’re sorry,”** so we’re sticking with the “technically there is such a thing as a Jedi mind-meld, it’s just that its known as a Force-meld” explanation. The Republicans of course are having none of it; they’re sticking with the fact that Big Guy’s comments about forcing them to approve his sequester plan sounded clueless because he’s, well, clueless.
My only complaint is that when the big brains around here decided to replace Big Guy’s Vulcan reference with a Jedi one, they were completely oblivious to the opportunity it presented for another round of far more egregious jokes: Wookies.
Well, as that wise woman said just yesterday, "It just goes to show you, it's always something--if it ain't one thing, it's another."
** Strangely enough, Al Gore had nothing to do with it.