President Obama Does Not Have “Jedi Mind-Meld” Powers

Funny thing is, neither do Jedi

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President Obama did not just offend Republicans at today’s sequester press conference–he angered Princess Leia-lovers and Trekkies too. After this morning’s sequestration meeting with congressional leaders at the White House, Obama told the press corps that his powers of persuasion do not include “Jedi mind-meld.” Political commentators on Twitter went wild, mostly because Obama confused the Jedi of Star Wars and the “mind-melds” of Star Trek. The Atlantic wrote that the President shattered his “nerd credibility.”  The gaffe, however, has proven to be just as effective as any Jedi mind trick.  What what was the press conference about, again?

Transcript:

Most people agree that I’m being reasonable, that most people agree that 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. They’re elected. We have a constitutional system of government. The Speaker of the House and the leader of the Senate and all those folks have responsibilities. What I can do is make the best possible case for why we need to do the right thing.

64 comments
roknsteve
roknsteve

Republicans say the sequester is a good thing.  Republicans also say that it's Pres. Obama's sequester.  So that means they approve of Pres. Obama.  Of course they'll deny this because they are twisted fools.

ReginaldMartin
ReginaldMartin

LOL I thought he was talking about a Force Mind Meld. I didnt know he mixed star wars and star trek. Its not a technique for controling others.

( Force Meld, otherwise known as Jedi meld or Battle meld, was a technique where a number of Force users joined their minds together through the Force, drawing strength from each other. A refinement of battle meditation, it was known to the ancient Jedi, though dangerous. While battle meditation could influence both the Force-sensitives and the insensitives of both sides, Force Meld concentrates on coordinating and improving the Force-sensitives of the user's side. )

La_Randy
La_Randy

If this article represents all the press and the public got out of this press conference, we are doomed.

As an aside, Aesir's vantage point is from the bottom of the pile!

Aesir
Aesir

I'm am so tired of Obama's asinine rhetoric... "we need to do the right thing."  Guess what, Barrack--a lot of people think YOU are doing the wrong thing, and YOU are failing to do the "right" thing.  This guy prances around Washington as if he's got some sort of monopoly on morals.  By constantly leaning on subjective terms like 'right' and 'wrong' to support your argument, you really make it apparent who your target audience is: sheep that are looking for a preacher instead of a savvy President with an understanding of the economic issues at hand.  

From my vantage point, it appears the president does have a "Jedi mind-meld" with his constituents, it's just the more discerning folks that he'd rather make nauseous than deliver a convincing argument.  

Old1964
Old1964

It may not be newsworthy...but besides lacking the ability to do a mind-meld, he also lacks a clue and character.

7thsaint
7thsaint

It doesn't matter who,The President is. They all Lie, Its the Lie that keeps us going. People cant handle the truth.Just like your boss, lies to you about certain things. America Was Founded on Lies. So they must keep up the Lie.

Truth or Lies 

Two ways we can live by.

Live by the Truth, Or Die by those Lies.

Lord knows, i have tried to live by the Truth,

But my soul was tainted by its roots.

Tempted by those Lies since my early youth.

What could i do, if i was Subliminally to believe those Lies.

Where in society , everything is televised.

To our own demise, we all live those Lies.

Hidden messages subliminallized .

The Truth has no alibi's.

It can see through those Lies.

The Lies we try to hide.

Even those deep inside.

Don't forget the reason why,

our Lord died.

Same reason why your going to Die.

In do time.

GodBless

The young youth innocent Before they are blind.


jedikirk9753
jedikirk9753

A majority of voters do not want the existing $ 22,000 per household per year cost of the USG and if you add in the new taxes and USG obligations that will go up to $ 44,000 per household that will either come from taxes or borrowing. You have to cut the expenditures as well as the budget. Without major new economic activity that is impossible under this administration the taxes for pension benefits and personnel costs will eat every thing else up. With current US Government it costs about $ 1.75 to give away $ 1.00 which means the USG has to collect $2.75 to give one dollar of benefits. Social Security is not a benefit because the USG is using the money we paid into it and therefore it is not a benefit.

bearleedunn
bearleedunn

The average IQ in America is 100. 80+90+100+140= 102.5 average. In other words, 3 out of 4 American's can barely grasp how a toaster works. Ok, we get it, Obama has the retarded vote locked up, and what he means by most people agree with him.

the only reason Obama is even in office is because the GOP has been taken over by incompetent idiots. That doesn't make Obama right.

daenku32
daenku32

Obama is absolutely correct. Majority of voters don't like the sequester. But most Republicans want it, and there is nothing Obama can do to change their minds.

KevinBirnbaum
KevinBirnbaum

Trek and Star Wars fans have brains in their heads so they actually understand what the President is saying. he didn't ANGER them. Most have open and imaginative minds and are therefore fairly liberal in their thinking.

jedikirk9753
jedikirk9753

Whenever the President can get a Federal budget of about 6 T thats for trillion, 85 billion is well below the amount of Waste, abuse and fraud. Bring out some adults to ascertain what are the priorities and cut the rest that the USG cannot afford. DHS has spent enought on their new headquarters so move the money into operations. A normal 10 - 15 % budget reduction is done about every two to three years in business with good management to focus the activites and priorites. If the USG is not up to the task, fire and hire real managers.

CapNCabeMan
CapNCabeMan

In addition to Star Wars/Trek jargon, please add leadership and negotiating skills to the list of deficiencies.

grape_crush
grape_crush

Given that the upcoming Star Trek and Star Wars movies are being directed by the same person, it's inevitable that these space opera smashups will start happening.

Back in the day, Captain Kirk would have loved to have a few go-rounds with a princess named Leia.

bulgadude
bulgadude

This O'dude is fraud and I am glad to see that the ones most affected by The Jedi-in-Thief are very ones that voted for him. Id10T is he!

One Bad-A$$$$$$$$ Mistake America!

OllisCopacetic
OllisCopacetic

America goes wild over Star Wars / Star Trek gaffe and has no clue that the so called cuts are on future growth vs real spending cuts.

The same Americans that voted for a magical king instead of the head of one third of the Government.


ByDBay
ByDBay

Wow! You idiots are still smarting from the election.. get over it.. Obama's the president with more than 51% of the vote and 5M more votes. You hate has so blinded you to what is really going on. He's looking for a balanced approach. I have run companies and turned companies around. I can say with certainty, you cannot cut your way to growth & profitability. Careful pruning (i.e., cutting) and repositioning of assets works best. Instead you let the news give you pabalum and bubble for the brain, pull your attitude strings so they can get the emotional rise to sell ads. Get real.

CODScumBags
CODScumBags

No, he doesn't have mind powers, but he does have a lot of bombs which he drops on kids er' day!  baby killer!

DavidTwitchell
DavidTwitchell

Most people agree he's being reasonable? Nope. Not even close. Even his normally reliable liberal media dogs are having trouble choking down his lies on this one. He agreed to the sequester. It contained no tax hikes. It was never intended to include tax hikes. It included a larger "cut" in Pentagon spending than on any other body. That was clearly him flexing his POTUS muscle over Republicans. If he doesn't like the bed he made for himself, too bad. $44 to $85 billion from a nearly $4 trillion dollar budget and he expects regular Americans to cry for the government's poverty? What a complete tool.

r58132134
r58132134

And to think that millions of sheep and kool aid drinkers voted for this fruad.  We are drowning in debt and he wants more taxes.  Well, i guess we need to fund his food stamp and welfare army some how.

fitty_three
fitty_three

Without blind anger and hatred what does the GOP have?

evil.aaronm
evil.aaronm

@Aesir Yeah, you're right.  He should just bomb the bejeezuz out of other countries, a la Bush.

evil.aaronm
evil.aaronm

@bearleedunn If he had the "retard vote" locked up, the Republicans would vote for him.  We're talking "dogs lying with cats" craziness, here.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@grape_crush Captain Kirk was proof that by the 23rd century we've cured STDs.

Aesir
Aesir

@ByDBay Please stop... Do not say "balanced approach," lest you want to out yourself as a brain washed Obamanite.  This is clearly a propagandist strategy to make the less informed believe Obama's strategy is somehow more centrist, which it is simply not.  There's nothing balanced about raising taxes when you have people paying over HALF (i.e. 50%+) of their income to the various public interests that suck it out of their paychecks.  We could be at 70% and Obama would still be calling for a "balanced approach."  Just like he raised taxes in January, and now he's refusing to accept a more rational approach to the budget cuts without MORE tax increases.  Get real.

CapNCabeMan
CapNCabeMan

@ByDBay There's quite a difference between borrowing and spending to invest in future profitability and spending oneself into insolvency. 

bulgadude
bulgadude

@ByDBay Thanks O'. We read your resume and we would like to inform you that we are not hiring right now. So don,t call us, we will call you!

The Idiots!

daenku32
daenku32

@DavidTwitchell Neither party was supposed to like the sequester. But now the GOP loves it. What's up with that?

sukey82
sukey82

@DavidTwitchell May I prescribe some Prozac.  Or maybe a couple of stiff drinks.  Otherwise yopur wife or the family dog is going to get get slapped around tonight.  Sweet dreams, bozo.

persuter1
persuter1

@DavidTwitchell The sequester was intended to be damaging enough to the country that neither party would accept it. Both parties agreed on that at the time. 

evil.aaronm
evil.aaronm

@r58132134 He wants more taxes because he realizes that someone has to pay the bill for the tab that that ignorant f-er Bush ran up.

ByDBay
ByDBay

r58132134 you have some good points; but they get lost in emotional rhetoric. What are your real solutions? Lower our debt, then suggest how to create jobs, and lower our taxes? All David T wants to do is hurl insults which at the end of the day solves nothing. they only serve to entrench parties.

bearleedunn
bearleedunn

@evil.aaronm @bearleedunn 

it's in print and you still can't follow it. Frankly when you're this retarded you're to be commended for even figuring out how to turn a computer on.

notsacredh
notsacredh

Bones: Jim! My God man! She has 4 breasts and you only have two hands. Leave her alone! It'll never work.

ByDBay
ByDBay

CapN you are right. Thanks for the intelligent comment. The process of investing vs spending is a tough decision. Every decision is probably wrong or almost right. It comes down to how to make decisions effective. My take is that the president is trying to use history to guide his decisions on spending/investing.  The worst financial disaster (1929) took a war to get out of. It was not the market but the US government spending on defense to get us out of the depression. It also took from 1929 to 1941 to turn the corner (some time). The booms that we enjoyed from the last quarter center certainly in technology was fostered not by the market, but by government spending. To the point computers, chips, phones, chemicals, and biotech were dividend from govt. spending in Aerospace form 1950 through 1990's. The free market is not so free and bold if the basic research risk was not mitigated by govenment contracts first. That said, the government is not the answer to everything. It takes a balanced government-market approach until the market is ready to take on risk to create the wealth. Apologies for the long winded comment, but you issue is well made and a weighty one.

MarkusS.Wells
MarkusS.Wells

@ByDBay The lowest corporate tax rate in history hasn't magically produced any new jobs. You want to create new jobs? Easy - just eliminate the draconian intellectual property laws. They were originally designed to protect creators, but are now used perversely as a club wielded by big business to eliminate any potential competition (google so-calle "defensive" patents and you'll see what I mean). 

 If the wright brothers were inventing the airplane in today's legal environment, they would be sued into oblivion by the bicycle company for infringing on their intellectual property. Edison would be sued by the thread factory. 

 If you voted for anyone but a third party, you're part of the problem.

 

fitty_three
fitty_three

@bearleedunn

Hmmm.  I think you must be calculating this using the abs(IQ) function.

That way, ALL repoblicans look smart....

Diecash1
Diecash1

@Aesir @ByDBay Where are you getting your "facts"? Obama has actually reduced the budget deficit and spending since shortly after he came into office.  Were it not for the massive near-depression that greeted him when he came into office, spending would be significantly lower than during the Bush years.  

There is no "more, more, more" as you suggest.  Taxes are at a very low level, too low to support our level of government over the last several decades in fact.  Obama has also agreed to reduce spending if we also increase taxes and that, by definition, is a balanced approach.  The republicans, OTOH, refuse to consider raising taxes and only want to cut the budget, but of course not defense spending.  How exactly is their approach balanced?

evil.aaronm
evil.aaronm

@Aesir @ByDBay You talk as if it's only Obama that wants to spend more of our money.  It's every last one of the 535 Congress people.  Obama is just one flaw in the grand scheme.  We're talking about a lot of people who need to set aside their personal agendas and work toward the benefit of the United States of America.

Aesir
Aesir

@ByDBay This is a ridiculous argument... In 1929, government spending as a percentage of GDP was only like 13%.  Today it's over 40%.  This is why all these "balanced" approaches are not balanced at all--you're arguing to engage in unprecedented levels of spending.  I'm happy to talk about a balanced approach if we're using 1929 spending levels as a starting point.  But Obama doesn't want balance--he just wants more, more, more.  More spending, more taxes, and he's go around calling it "balanced" to fool everyone into thinking he's being moderate.

ByDBay
ByDBay

Markus, your issue on IP is a good one. A double edged sword. If developers cannot protect for a limited time their ideas to make money, how many more inventors will dare to develop ideas into new products and services? I tend to agree with you to some extent that IP laws can stifle creativity and market growth, but once again, there must be a balance between those that create and those that want to exploit without having taken the upfront risk.

As for 3rd party you may have a good point. The supreme court citizens united decision really finish screwing up our electorial process and slanted it toward big business and international businesses