President Obama on Friday urged cooperation between Democrats and Republicans on automatic budget cuts.
But the only things that seemed to be mixing were science-fiction metaphors.
During a news conference at the White House, Obama said some people unfairly expected him to force Republicans to accept his terms in order to head off the spending cuts.
“Even though most people agree . . . I’m presenting a fair deal, the fact that they don’t take it means that I should somehow do a Jedi mind meld with these folks and convince them to do what’s right.”
The phrase “Jedi mind meld,” which he uttered during the briefing’s question-and-answer portion, appeared to combine elements from two distinct worlds of science fiction. A “Jedi mind trick” is a power exercised by Jedi Knights in “Star Wars,” usually accomplished by verbal manipulation. (Perhaps the most famous example is from the original “Star Wars” movie in 1977, when Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi seems to hypnotize the evil Stormtroopers with the phrase: “These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.”)