Newsweek recently interviewed President Barack Obama, the 44th elected leader of the United States (if you didn’t know), in which they discussed the usual matters of domestic and international politics, but also the new Star Trek film.
“I used to love Star Trek,” said Obama. “You know, Star Trek was ahead of its time. There was a whole—the special effects weren’t real good, but the storylines were always evocative, you know, there was a little commentary and a little pop philosophy for a 10-year-old to absorb.” Given that he has been compared many times, in varying degrees of flattery and hostility, to one of the main characters of the series, Obama said that it was natural he should see the new film as well as because of his love for the original show. “It turns out we got this nice theater on the ground floor of my house … So Star Trek, we saw this weekend, which I thought was good. Everybody was saying I was Spock, so I figured I should check it out.”
According to the report in Newsweek, the President then proceeded to perform the Vulcan salute with his hand, highlighting yet another difference in style between politicians on each side of the Atlantis. After all, can you imagine Gordon Brown taking out David Cameron with a Vulcan nerve pinch? We didn’t think so.
So there you have it. Along with the vast majority of critics, Pennsylvania Avenue also approves of Abrams’s new take on the final frontier.