Sorry for the length, but I didn't have time to write a short blog.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Much Ado...Jedi, Vulcans and Politics, Oh My!


Last week before the sequestration came to pass, President Obama made a comment to the press corps. Here is the exchange
Reporter:  Couldn't you have done more to stop the sequester?
Obama: Give me an example of what I might do. I’ve offered a plan - offered negotiations around a balanced approach. What more do you think I can do? (Gesturing to the room full of media) If people have a solution, I’m happy to consider it. This is a room full of smart people.”
Reporter: Couldn’t you just have them at the White House and lock the door until you reach a solution?
Obama: I am not a dictator, I am the president of the United States . Most people agree I’m presenting a fair deal. Some people think I should just do a Jedi mind-meld to convince them. All these people were elected and have duties. Ultimately, it’s a choice they make. So, ultimately, if Mitch McConnell or John Boehner say that we need to go to catch a plane, I can't have Secret Service block the door way, right?  What I can do is make the best possible argument.
And what did some members of the press run with? Did they discuss the continuing series of finger pointing by Republicans and Democrats?  Did they look at the fact that there has been a consistent failure of communication? Did they focus on Obama's last ditch meeting as a meeting he should have had weeks ago?  Did they focus on the fact that Boehner announced following the fiscal cliff that he would not meet with the President to negotiate one on one?  Did they focus on the fact that a bill which would have solved sequestration was presented by the Democrats in the Senate and would have passed but was filibustered by the Senate Republicans?  Did they concentrate on the fact that the bill presented by Senate Republicans couldn't even garner votes of Republicans?  Did they focus that the House has not actually taken any action during this session to stop sequestration?  
No.  They looked at the joining of two science fiction greats: the joining of the Vulcan mind-meld of Star Trek and Jedi mind trick of Star Wars  into one phrase - Jedi mind-meld.  There have even been discussions as to whether there really is a Jedi mind-meld by using the books that have have been spawned by Star Wars. 
Honestly? This is the news that the President is not Nerdy enough to know he'd mixed his franchises? 
At least the White House has a sense of humor about the gaff.  The above picture is from the White House Facebook page.
The entertainment news strikes again.