Set your phasers to “facepalm.” While speaking this morning on sequestration, President Obama dropped this little nugget:

No, Mr. President. You can’t do a “Jedi mind meld” — because there’s no such thing:

Nerd cred: shattered.

A parting question for our pop-culture-challenged POTUS:

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Update:

Lookee here!

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Editor’s note: This post has been updated with video of Obama’s remarks.

  • DV S1EOG

    So glad that I wasn’t the only one who thought about this.

  • http://twitter.com/stupid_republic Stupid Republic

    You know if GWB or Marco Rubio said this, it would have been played on MSNBC no fewer than 36,000 times today.

    • CatHerder

      At least. With all the concern trolls opining on how the job is getting to be too much for them.

    • Armando

      He is right though:

      Force Meld, otherwise known as Jedi meld or Battle meld, was a technique where a number of Force users joined their minds together through the Force, drawing strength from each other. A refinement of battle meditation, it was known to the ancient Jedi, though dangerous. While battle meditation could influence both the Force-sensitives and
      the insensitives of both sides, Force Meld concentrates on coordinating
      and improving the Force-sensitives of the user’s side.

      http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Force_meld

      • therantinggeek

        “Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster by your side, kid.” – Han Solo

      • Grandma HeadInjury

        That’s Expanded Universe, not canon.

        Oh, God, did I just say that?

        • therantinggeek

          Yes, yes you did. That’s okay, most of us can forgive you. :)

        • Armando

          The force is strong in this one

        • Lady 12

          Don’t deny your inner geek!

          • http://www.facebook.com/138900508 Patrick Dennehy

            I’ve read the Thrawn Trilogy and not ashamed to admit it :)

          • Lady 12

            I’ve read the Darth Bane/Darth Zannah stuff (and I love Zannah!)

          • Lady 12

            I’ve read the Darth Bane/Darth Zannah stuff (and I love Zannah!)

          • http://www.facebook.com/corey.dennison Corey Dennison

            I’ve read the Thrawn Trilogy and not ashamed to admit it :)

            That was a good one–Timothy Zahn did a great job!

          • http://www.facebook.com/138900508 Patrick Dennehy

            You can play a drinking game while you read. Every time someone cocks an eyebrow or ‘sardonically’ is used; take a swig. :p
            The book on tape is worth checking out. Marc Thompson does full voice acting for each character accompanied by authentic Star Wars sound effects. The level of immersion is awesome. The entire audio book is posted on youtube.

          • AdoEdem

            OK, but the Thrawn trilogy is actually, you know, *good*. As are the BioWare games. (Yes, even SWTOR, at least in terms of story and characterization) Throw in Stackpole, the Knights of the Old Republic comic, and the Clone Wars cartoon, and that’s about all the good in the EU there is.

          • Lady 12

            The Clone Wars cartoon with Ahsoka? That’s a disaster to television!

          • AdoEdem

            Hey, I kind of liked that one. I suppose some might find Ahsoka annoying, but I thought she was cute. Balanced out Anakin, certes.

            Of course, I only saw the first season, I have no idea if it went downhill from there.

          • Lady 12

            Oh yeah, the first season was fantastic. The second and third seasons were pure liberal-agenda-pushing trash. Obi-wan had some kind of love interest in a Mandalorian pacifist idiot, six episodes revolved around Padme trying to push spending cuts on clones instead of on the senate (sound familiar?) and Darth Maul came back to life. That’s just a taste of how bad it was.
            And no, I liked Ahsoka too. She and the clones were the only redeeming parts of the later seasons.

          • AdoEdem

            Ugh. Glad I wasn’t able to keep up with it, after all. Thanks for the warning.

          • Lady 12

            Glad to be of service.

          • http://www.facebook.com/138900508 Patrick Dennehy

            The Clone Wars cartoon is AWFUL. I gave it an honest chance…so bad…

          • Lady 12

            The very first episode with Yoda was all right, and the episodes about Ryloth and those short pacifist monkey creatures were tolerable. Other than that… I agree.

          • http://www.facebook.com/138900508 Patrick Dennehy

            I’ve read the Thrawn Trilogy and not ashamed to admit it :)

        • brewerandpatriot

          I was going to say the same thing. Thanks for beating me to the punch.

        • http://www.facebook.com/lisa.dean.564 Lisa Dean

          Just join us cos uh, no one’s gonna really be free until nerd persecution ends.

      • Mister A

        Or, he screwed up… what’s funny is that he screws up so much that he inadvertently got something right. Gotta love those probabilities. If you’re wrong about everything, chances are, you’ll get something right eventually.

      • Mister A

        Or, he screwed up… what’s funny is that he screws up so much that he inadvertently got something right. Gotta love those probabilities. If you’re wrong about everything, chances are, you’ll get something right eventually.

      • candy martin

        Shhhh!! Don’t give away our secret!

      • candy martin

        Shhhh!! Don’t give away our secret!

      • AdoEdem

        Well sure, but we both know that’s not what he was thinking. He wouldn’t know about the Force meld since he’s not a geek. And it’s obvious he’s not; he struggles with 7th grade math.

  • http://twitter.com/jimni27 Jimni27

    @ Lachlan just called him Darth Spock. Day made.

    • SpinMeNot

      Don’t forget VPOTUS Darth Bobo!

      “Never underestimate the power of a Dark Clown!”

  • Silenttype78

    Why does he continue to “apologize” for not being a dictator?
    It is as though he is trying to convince us that he “should”be.

    • https://twitter.com/tweetyuo Tangchung

      I noticed that, it’s like “it’s all your fault not making me dictator “

      • Silenttype78

        It is as though he is planting the idea that he really could fix this whole mess , and btw ” most people agree” with “his” approach, if only he had the authority to do so.
        Not the cuts, thats part of the design. He wants the authority granted to remake the country.
        First he has to create the perfect environment.

        • wwbdinct

          Exactly!

        • http://www.facebook.com/138900508 Patrick Dennehy

          it’s insidious

        • http://www.facebook.com/138900508 Patrick Dennehy

          it’s insidious

  • Kevin Krom

    You’d think someone married to a Wookie would keep their Sci-Fi universes straight, wouldn’t you?

    • independentjones

      Good news: My sinuses are now clear.

      Bad news: Coffee-ration through the nostrils! 😉

      • candy martin

        Gotta take the bad w/ the good, right? Isn’t that what the Democrats keep saying?? Lol, sorry to hear about your nostrils.

      • candy martin

        Gotta take the bad w/ the good, right? Isn’t that what the Democrats keep saying?? Lol, sorry to hear about your nostrils.

    • http://twitter.com/Camondrak Camondrak

      But she’s a Wookie who dresses like a Romulan, so…

      • candy martin

        Ooooh! That explains everything!

      • candy martin

        Ooooh! That explains everything!

      • justlittlolme

        Does that make her a Womulan or a Rookie?
        😉

    • Right Wired

      All other replies to this post are unnecessary.

    • CatHerder

      Maybe a little rishathra…?

    • disqus_e2F2oUH6C7

      Please, don’t insult the Wookies.My dog is named Wookie and she is very pretty.

      • rinodino

        Oh how cute !!! you must have named it Barbara bush

        • disqus_e2F2oUH6C7

          Her name is Wookie Bear.

        • Grandma HeadInjury

          I thought we were talking about Michelle obama…

          • candy martin

            We are, it’s numbnuts rinodino who got it wrong.

          • candy martin

            We are, it’s numbnuts rinodino who got it wrong.

        • Grandma HeadInjury

          I thought we were talking about Michelle obama…

        • candy martin

          Umm no,read again. She said she named her dog Wookie, after Moochelle Obama.

          • Rabid

            Read it again..no she didn’t.

        • candy martin

          Umm no,read again. She said she named her dog Wookie, after Moochelle Obama.

        • http://www.facebook.com/corey.dennison Corey Dennison

          Ugh…so stupid.

          Insult fail.

        • Rabid

          The Bush Derangement Syndrome is strong with this one…

          • rinodino

            The Obama derangement syndrome is strong on this thread …. Whoa! See what I did?

          • Stan

            A ” Mind Meld”?? Liberals don’t have enough neurons to accomplish a mind meld. All they can do is roll another one.

    • Matthew Morris

      I don’t normally go for jokes knocking physical appearance, but that was funny right there.

    • candy martin

      Bhahahha!! Ya think??!

    • candy martin

      Bhahahha!! Ya think??!

    • Barack Hussein Sharpton

      What do you expect from Jar Jar Bama.

    • http://twitter.com/die_mich_zwei Spatial Awareness

      Aaahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhhhhaaaaaa!!!!! XD

  • Bryan

    I wonder what his golf score really is. Every time he opens his mouth he proves that he is a loser at yet another topic. Though he is a 10-time gold medal champion of Olympic lying.

  • arttie

    There is nothing in his mind worth melding.

  • arttie

    How about he’s a Klingonmypocketbook?

    • https://twitter.com/tweetyuo Tangchung

      that’s funny, like that.

    • Rabid

      I’m sure that’s more of a Ferengi skill..

  • Marcy Cook

    This idiot is so sick it’s amazing he can still walk.

  • TocksNedlog

    What’s scarier is the knowledge that he meant to say “Jedi mind trick”; as in, “if I had the ability to manipulate them into voting my way, I WOULD DO IT.”

    • Blake Waymire

      Scary, but did you expect anything else? I’ve known he’d prefer to be a dictator ever since 2008.

      What makes this silly mixup funny is that he spent all of his first campaign trying to prove himself “one of the geeks”. Of course we all know he’s an idiot now, but this just makes it more evident.

      • RightThinking1

        The great irony…, he is going to transform us to Greeks

      • RightThinking1

        The great irony…, he is going to transform us to Greeks

    • Rabid

      So THAT’S why I kept getting migraines during the election…problem solved.

  • TocksNedlog

    His pattern indicates two-dimensional thinking.

  • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

    People seems to be overlooking that he just wished that he was a dictator.

    • Sonya A. Willis

      He really wishes that he had the super powers to force people to do what he wants. I still predict that he will have a melt down and throw a temper tantrum before 2016.

      • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

        He has one any time a Republican does anything or manufactures a Republican doing anything so that is a given.

    • SpinMeNot

      Maybe Jay Carney can sprinkle him with Pixie Dust …

      just sayin …

  • TocksNedlog

    Used the teleprompter, you did not. THAT is why you fail.

  • DANEgerus

    Han Sulu could do a Jedi Mind Meld even if frozen in Carbonite by Captain Pike

    • Grandma HeadInjury

      “Han Sulu” for the win!

    • Lady 12

      Ha! Han Sulu is the best thing I’ve seen yet, and I’ve seen some great ones!

    • Ken Alan Draper

      OH MYY!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • TRONRADIO

    Must Obama continue to show his intellectual handicaps? It’s tiresome. And shameful to Star Trek and Star Wars. My, he is an embarrassment.

  • Oscar Malpartida

    Are we sure it wasn’t Chewbiden who said it?

  • therantinggeek

    *subtracts 5000 Geek points from the President’s score*

    Oh wait. He didn’t have a whole lot of Geek cred to begin with…

  • brewerandpatriot

    Obama might not have his sci-fi knowledge nailed down but he sure does run this country like Emperor Palpatine ran the galactic empire.

    • Stephen L. Hall

      Are you sure he is not running this country like Emperor Palpatine ran the Klingon Empire?

      • brewerandpatriot

        Can we make Jon Boehner Admiral Ackbar? “It’s a TARP!”

        • Lady 12

          Trap?

        • http://www.facebook.com/corey.dennison Corey Dennison

          I see what you did there…

        • SpinMeNot

          Wow, just, wow …

        • SpinMeNot

          Wow, just, wow …

      • brewerandpatriot

        Can we make Jon Boehner Admiral Ackbar? “It’s a TARP!”

  • https://twitter.com/Webnetcity webnetcity

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    • http://www.facebook.com/corey.dennison Corey Dennison

      You win!

  • Stephen L. Hall

    The President, a wise-geek he is not.

  • Oscar Malpartida

    He says he is not an emperor, but he uses the tactics, logic and rhetoric of dictators such as Chavez, Ahmajinedad, Kim, Putin, Castro, etc. He is a pyromaniac in a field of straw men. One of the great sophists of all time.

  • NRPax

    The man has been a pretty consistent failure so far. What’s one more?

  • http://mikespoliticalmusings.blogspot.com/ Cynical Mike

    Translation of Obama’s presser: “May the Farce be with you”.

  • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

    He’s married to Princess Leia Uhura XD LOL Jawamax 8<{D}

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      Thank GOD my mom MADE My brothers and I watch “Star Trek” (The original series) when we were little….Otherwise, I may not have been enough of an old-school “Trekkie” to catch the gaffe…. And also, thank GOD I’m a “Star Wars” fan, and know well, the difference between the two franchises…BTW, “Who is the more foolish-the fool, or the fool who votes for him?” Jawamax 8<{D}

      • Jack Deth

        Hi. John:

        ‘Star Trek’ (TOS) was basically an old school “Us vs. Them” Red Scare Sci-Fi series with smatterings of ‘Captain Horatio Hornblower’ at its core.

        ‘Star Wars’ (Episode IV) was based on Akira Kurosawa’s ‘The Hidden Fortress’. With lots of model work and dialogue from ‘The Dam Busters’ hijacked for the attack on the Death Star.

  • Jack Deth

    *In My Best Evil Spock Voice*

    “Your Angonizer, please!”

    • LightSabre

      That episode is on this Sunday afternoon on ME-TV.

    • LightSabre

      That episode is on this Sunday afternoon on ME-TV.

    • Rabid

      So..the Obama with the Goatee is the good one then???

      • SpinMeNot

        Yes, like Cartman with the Goatee

      • SpinMeNot

        Yes, like Cartman with the Goatee

  • Jo Post

    Please, let us all remember — Obama does not have a single thought of his own. He reads what is in his teleprompter. Who plugs in the words is the issue. Are they trying to make him look a fool?

  • $35072932

    Actually:

    Duke melds two rats’ minds through the internet, Spock may not approve http://www.engadget.com/2013/03/01/duke-melds-two-rats-minds-through-the-internet/
    Electrodes attached to the brain of a host “encoder” rat in Brazil processed the motor-oriented mental activity for a desired behavior, such as pressing a lever on cue, and converted it into a signal that was then received by a “decoder” rat as far away as Duke’s US campus. The majority of the time, the decoder rat performed the same action as the encoder. Researchers also found that rewarding the encoder alongside the decoder created a virtuous loop, as treating the first rat for a job well done focused its attention and improved the signal strength.

    http://www.blogcdn.com/www.engadget.com/media/2013/02/duke-university-internet-rats.jpg

    • Mister A

      Awesome.

    • Mister A

      Awesome.

    • Catchance

      Maybe it’s Valerie Jer-rat as the “encoder”.

    • Catchance

      Maybe it’s Valerie Jer-rat as the “encoder”.

    • AdoEdem

      So who says Twitchy can’t be educational?

  • Wally

    Who’s running the teleprompter? A newly unemplyed after this! Made my day.

    • http://twitter.com/LibertyRanger Liberty Ranger

      I have not been able to confirm it yet but I am pretty confident that the AutoPen runs the teleprompter?

    • Rabid

      M5 (or HAL)

  • http://truthbeagle.blogspot.com/ Plep

    And this after the Obama Federation refused to build a death star.

    • Gary Rudick

      ICYMI: We already have the death star, it’s called Planned Parenthood.

  • RightThinking1

    Specist! Speciesist! Crap…, I’m no good at this label thing.

    • Rabid

      I think you’re looking for Xenophobe

  • Orlando Cee

    Obviously not a Vulcan. They are good at logic and math.

  • Lady 12

    *laughing headdesk!*

  • carla5731

    Barack “I’m coming, Weezy” Obama is a master of mix and match catchphrases.

    • butty53

      That’s a good one!

    • butty53

      That’s a good one!

  • Grandma HeadInjury

    I am considering changing my handle to Darth Tardis’kahn (D)…or (Q)

  • butty53

    Jedi Mind Meld? With Obama? Beam me up, Scotty…no sign of intelligent life.
    #JediMindMeld

  • butty53

    Jedi Mind Meld? With Obama? Beam me up, Scotty…no sign of intelligent life.
    #JediMindMeld

  • OtakuMom2

    If I ever referred to a “Jedi Mind Meld” I would have my geek credentials taken away faster than you can say “nuqjatlh?”

  • OtakuMom2

    If I ever referred to a “Jedi Mind Meld” I would have my geek credentials taken away faster than you can say “nuqjatlh?”

  • RightThinking1

    The Twitchy staff scores the winner: “Set your phasers to “facepalm.”
    Rofl.

  • RightThinking1

    The Twitchy staff scores the winner: “Set your phasers to “facepalm.”
    Rofl.

  • carla5731

    Live long and fail to prosper. –Barack Obama

    • Lady 12

      Live until the death panel gets you…

      • SpinMeNot

        You will have to wait until the Death Star reviews the amount of taxes you are expected to pay this year, before we can authorize that procedure.

  • carla5731

    Live long and fail to prosper. –Barack Obama

  • RightThinking1

    Bones: “You check his pulse Jim, I’ll get his wallet”

  • RightThinking1

    Bones: “You check his pulse Jim, I’ll get his wallet”

  • http://www.facebook.com/138900508 Patrick Dennehy

    Your eyes can deceive you. Don’t trust them. Stretch out with your feelings! You see? America? Barry’s an @$$hole

  • http://www.facebook.com/138900508 Patrick Dennehy

    Your eyes can deceive you. Don’t trust them. Stretch out with your feelings! You see? America? Barry’s an @$$hole

  • Jaynie59

    Anyone want to start a pool on which so-called conservative blog will rush to call this criticism of Obama stupid?
    I vote for Hot Air. Second choice is Ace of Spades. They never fail to rush to trash any narrative that makes Obama look bad.

    • http://backwardsboy.blogspot.com/ BackwardsBoy

      As a Moron from AoSHQ, I can tell you we had a field day with Bronco Bama’s ignorance of Trek/Wars geekdom.
      BTW, you might want to look over at Ace’s place. From your comment, it’s clear you haven’t. You won’t find a more wretched hive of scum and villany anywhere else in the galaxy.

      • Jaynie59

        I’ve been reading and commenting at Ace’s for years. Starting sometime around 2005? I don’t remember.
        Ace and his crew are no different than Ed Morrissey and Allahpundit. They’re a bunch of Beta Male Dickless Wonders who go out of their way to trash conservatives like Sarah Palin and Rush, and they go out of their way to do it when the conservative is being vilified.
        They didn’t defend Palin during Tuscon. It was sickening. They piled on Rush during the Sandra Fluke thing. It was sickening.
        Oh, I am very familar with both blogs.

      • http://www.facebook.com/corey.dennison Corey Dennison

        You won’t find a more wretched hive of scum and villany anywhere else in the galaxy.

        Sounds like my kinda place!

        • kenai

          Sounds like Washington D.C.

          • http://www.facebook.com/corey.dennison Corey Dennison

            Oh, that place needs a good “Death Star treatment”

          • SpinMeNot

            Or as Mike Church calls it … Mordor on the Potomac.

          • SpinMeNot

            Or as Mike Church calls it … Mordor on the Potomac.

  • Jaynie59

    Anyone want to start a pool on which so-called conservative blog will rush to call this criticism of Obama stupid?
    I vote for Hot Air. Second choice is Ace of Spades. They never fail to rush to trash any narrative that makes Obama look bad.

  • Steve_J

    He can’t do a ‘Jedi mind meld’? Well, WTF good is he?

  • Steve_J

    He can’t do a ‘Jedi mind meld’? Well, WTF good is he?

  • http://randomanglican.tumblr.com randomanglican

    #IamNotaDictator is trending number 1 now.
    I started using that hashtag early. :)

  • http://randomanglican.tumblr.com randomanglican

    #IamNotaDictator is trending number 1 now.
    I started using that hashtag early. :)

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  • JustLikeAnimals

    Stupid ass-clown.

  • shimauma

    Aside from the fact that he can’t do a #jedimindmeld, the GOP know more about what’s *right* than barry hussien, and they still refuse to impeach the bastard.

  • IronButterfly

    Yes he can do a Jedi-mind meld, because he has the ears of both Yoda and Spock.

    • SpinMeNot

      *cough* flying elephant *cough* I just wished he worked for peanuts …

    • SpinMeNot

      *cough* flying elephant *cough* I just wished he worked for peanuts …

  • Lienathan

    It’s just a good thing he didn’t take a drink of water or something because then he’d be in *real* trouble. Might even be a career ender.

  • NCRelite

    The force is illogical

  • stuckinIL4now

    Let’s face it–Prezuhdunce Spoiled Brat really meant Jedi “mind-trick” bcuz he thinks we’re all weak-minded like the Stormtrooper clones of Palpatine’s Evil Empire and so he assumes he can slip his bs by We The “informed” People which ain’t so, but he can slip his bs by the low info, low cogs who ARE totally weak-minded.

    As for him not being a “dictator”–well, he’s certainly not the “tator” part … and he’s not the president either, he’s just the creator and host of the new unreality show called Obamuh’s Amerikrises …

  • http://www.facebook.com/corey.dennison Corey Dennison

    Look…I’ve never been a birther. I believe he was born in HI, just like the newspaper announcement from the time said.

    But this new screwup–however comical–is just another example of how detached this boob is from American culture. That’s what happens when one spends all of his formative years outside of the US, and then when finally coming to the US, spends his time in elite, detached circles.

    He has ZERO attachment to common cultural anchors that bind us, no matter our race, religion or region of the country. While we are a severely divided country, there are many things that bring us together. And this jug-eared, choom-smoking, coke-sniffing, mom-jean-wearing, dog-eating doofus ain’t one of us. He can’t get the simplest references right.

    • Rabid

      Hell..even Mr Spock studied Earth culture!

      • http://www.facebook.com/corey.dennison Corey Dennison

        At the archives on Alderaan…everyone knows that!

  • Dennis the Dreamer

    Obama wants to be a Jedi? Well, the dark side of the force seems to be strong with him. go!

    • GW

      Well, we know Obama would be the padawan. Does that make Soros the Master?

  • SpinMeNot

    just saying

  • Dennis the Dreamer

    Jedi melding mind Palpatine Obama

  • Deborah Hallsted

    FLTUS actually looks like a Klingon. So maybe she time-warped galaxies and time-travelled. huh, or…no?

  • ZiggyShrugged

    The Farce is strong with Obama-Khan

  • docscience

    Bush would have been impeached for mixing Trek and Star Wars.

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  • Stan

    Mr. Spock will take offense at Obama using his trick with the Jedi trick. Maybe he should pack the bong one more time and hold it in a little longer this time.

  • Ken Alan Draper

    Later he’ll talk about his favorite ovie moment when luke skywalker blew up the basestar in his colonial viper & found earth.

  • BadGirloftheNorth

    Of course he can’t! Mind melds and Jedi Masters are for the elite and evolved, not the bottom feeders….All President Quark Ferengi can do is spend our money like gold pressed latinum.

  • WVS

    When I saw the thumbnail for this story, it hit me that while the photoshopped hair and eyebrows looked clearly out of place on Obama, the ears didn’t really change that much.

  • Les

    There is no such thing as a “mind meld” at all. It’s science FICTION, guys.