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Obama just lost the nerd vote. That was one of the many tweets after the president committed a cardinal sin at his press conference today. He conflated "Star Wars" and "Star Trek." And you just don't do that.


The president was asked why he couldn't just stop congressional leaders from leaving their meeting with him until there was a sequester deal. He responded he couldn't just...

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Do a Jedi mind meld with these folks and convince them to do what's right.

CORNISH: A Jedi mind meld. Politifact quickly retweeted one of the many corrections: It's a Jedi mind trick or a Vulcan mind meld, not a Jedi mind meld. And for those who may not be clear on the difference, we'd like to use this sci-fi faux pas as a teachable moment.

BLOCK: The "Star Wars" Jedi mind trick is when you influence someone's thoughts. For example...


UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: (as Stormtrooper) Let me see your identification.

ALEC GUINNESS: (as Obi-Wan Kenobi) You don't need to see his identification.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: (as Stormtrooper ) We don't need to see his identification.

GUINNESS: (as Obi-Wan Kenobi) These aren't the droids you're looking for.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: (as Stormtrooper) These aren't the droids we're looking for.

BLOCK: As for "Star Trek's" Vulcan mind meld...


LEONARD NIMOY: (as Spock) Captain, you're aware of the Vulcan technique of the joining of two minds.

BLOCK: A technique that can sometimes be quite unpleasant.


CORNISH: So we're guessing the president really meant to say he couldn't do a Jedi mind trick because a Vulcan mind meld with congressional leaders...


UNIDENTIFIED MAN #2: (as character) Pain.

CORNISH: Not pretty.

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