That's a light saber, sir, not a phaser. (President Obama in September 2009, during a White House event promoting Chicago's bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics.) Roger L. Wollenberg /UPI /Landov hide caption

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Jedi? Vulcan? Mind Meld? Mind Trick? What Was Obama Thinking?

He can't do a "Jedi mind meld" with Republicans, Obama said. To which fans of Star Trek and Star Wars immediately said he was mixing metaphors.

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A sea of self-motivated individuals or a web of interdependent talents? Both, of course. Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Actress Nichelle Nichols -- "Lt. Uhura" -- at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood on Nov. 3, 2010. Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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