It’s no secret that President Obama is a bona fide nerd, but during a press conference on Friday, March 1, the POTUS made a major sci-fi blunder.

While speaking about the sequester, the president addressed the problem he was having in convincing the Republicans in Congress to pass a bill to prevent the implementation of cuts that would automatically take effect if something was not done. Obviously frustrated with the situation, Obama explained that his powers of persuasion could only go so far:

“I know that this has been some of the conventional wisdom that’s been floating around Washington that somehow, even though most people agree that I’m being reasonable, that most people agree I’m presenting a fair deal, the fact that they don’t take it means that I should somehow, you know, do a Jedi mind-meld with these folks and convince them to do what’s right,”

Jedi Mind Meld? Ouch Mr. President! To be fair, maybe Obama was caught up in the J.J. Abrams frenzy of the director helming both franchises that he thought he could bring the two worlds together in one happy bipartisan party.

Trekkies and ‘Star Wars fans’ quickly took to Twitter letting it be known that the POTUS had confused the Vulcan mind meld from ‘Star Trek’ and the Jedi mind trick from ‘Star Wars’ (to be fair, there is a Force meld which is also called a Jedi meld that was first used in the novel ‘Star Wars: Outbound Flight.’).

Check out these other humorous tweets about the President’s blunder:









While nerds everywhere where quick with the witty and rather snarky remarks, the White House decided to go with the flow and even tweeted about Obama’s faux pas:


While it is well known that the POTUS is a self-proclaimed ‘Star Trek’ fan, maybe this gaffe will encourage him to allow the White House to reconsider the petition to build a Death Star to make up for the mistake? That is, if he could get that Jedi mind meld to work…