Despite "Jedi" flap, Obama still has nerd cred

"Jedi mind meld" mix-ups aside, Obama is still a pretty big geek

By Jillian Rayfield

Published March 1, 2013 10:11PM (EST)

  (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

In a press conference Friday, President Obama outraged nerds everywhere when he mixed up his "Star Trek" and "Star Wars" references and referred to a "Jedi mind meld." The comment quickly took hold of the Internet (and spawned the hashtag #ObamaSciFiQuotes). Even the White House riffed on the mix-up with a tweet that (probably) intentionally confused the two franchises again:

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Despite this, Obama has pretty strong nerd cred. Here's a look back at the best of those moments:

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Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at

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