Newark Mayor Cory Booker is a well-known political figure and like President Obama, he is also a Star Trek fan. Earlier this week the mayor called in to a New Jersey public radio station to show support during a pledge drive and during his call he was pitted against noted nerd John Hodgman in a Star Trek trivia contest. Listen to that below plus see how the Daily Show and Colbert Report responded to Obama’s "Jedi Mind Meld" statement.
Booker and Hodgman battle Trek Trivia For NJ radio pledge drive
On Tuesday Newark Mayor and Senatorial candidate Cory Booker called in WFMU radio show "Best Show" to give his support for the show and the station. In studio was noted nerd John Hodgman and during the mayor’s time on the air the show’s host Tom Scharpling held a trivia contest for Hodgman and Booker. You can listen to the exchange in the embed below. (it should start at the beginning of the trivia challenge at 2:19:20).
In the end Hodgman did best Booker in the Trek trivia challenge, but the mayor may have the last laugh as (as we reported in December he could end up with a cameo in the next JJ Abrams produced Star Trek movie.
Booker (L) at NJ screening of "Star Trek" in May 2009 and Hodgman (R) giving President Obama a ‘live long and prosper’ salute at Correspondents Dinner in June 2009
Booker dings Obama’s ‘Jedi Mind Meld’ + Watch Stewart and Colbert’s takes
You will note that Booker started off by noting that he knows the difference between a Vulcan Mind Meld and a Jedi Mind Trick. This was a bit of a dig on President Obama who earlier this month responded to critics of how he wasn’t able to convince Congress to go his way by saying "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." This conflation of the Star Trek and Star Wars phrases was fodder for John Stewart and Stephen Colbert, as you can see below.