Obama’s hokey Jedi religion makes more sense than you think

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President Obama drew a lot of criticism from sci-fi fans last week, when he conflated Star Trek and Star Wars in referencing a “Jedi mind-meld” during a press conference on the looming sequester. The gaffe quickly spawned a satirical #ObamaSciFiQuotes hashtag on Twitter, while the White House seized upon the opportunity to appropriate the sound bite for its own Twitter campaign. Both fan bases searched for explanations for Obama’s apparent misstep, with some speculating that the President may have been confused by two forthcoming J.J. Abrams films, but according to MIT’s Chris Peterson, his blunder may have been more calculated — and contextually appropriate — than it seemed.

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