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Saturday, May 16, 2009


"President Obama: Trekkie-in-Chief"

Last Wednesday, President Obama commented on the new Star Trek movie in a Newsweek interview titled "A Highly Logical Approach". The bit about Trek is at the end. Here's the excerpt:

And the last movie you saw?
Now, movies I’ve been doing OK [with] because it turns out we got this nice theater on the ground floor of my house … So Star Trek, we saw this weekend, which I thought was good. Everybody was saying I was Spock, so I figured I should check it out and—[the president makes the Vulcan salute with his hand].

Very good.
Yes, absolutely.

Did you watch that when you were growing up?
I used to love Star Trek. You know, Star Trek was ahead of its time. There was a whole—the special effects weren’t real good, but the storylines were always evocative, you know, there was a little commentary and a little pop philosophy for a 10-year-old to absorb.

A lot of U.N. stuff.
Yes, exactly, right.

This marks the first time a US President has given a review of a Star Trek film, while it has been in theaters. The only other recount of a Presidential screening of Star Trek at the White House comes from Ronald Reagan’s diary, where he wrote on June 23rd 1984: "After dinner we ran "Star Trek III." It wasn’t too good."

-Jon

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