As reported by TrekMovie (and elsewhere) Barack Obama is the first Trekkie President, having made several references to Star Trek in the past. And it just so happens that Star Trek worked its way into an event on his inauguration day today, unfortunately it was another Star Wars/Star Trek conflation.
Obama, Jedi or Vulcan?
This morning Bishop T.D. Jakes, a pastor of a Dallas megachurch, was the keynote speaker for the Inauguration Day Prayer Service at the historic St. John’s Church on Lafayette Square, across from the White House. The Obamas were in attendance and after giving a reading from the Bible, Jakes decided to try to ‘get hip.’ In an articled titled “At pre-inaugural church service, Jakes mixes up ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Star Trek’” The Dallas Morning News reports what happened next:
Jakes then tried to make the point a different way:
"I say to you as my son who is here today, my 14-year-old son – he probably would not quote Scripture. He probably would use Star Trek instead, and so I say, ‘May the force be with you.’ "
Swing and a miss Bishop Jakes. As a Trekkie, and comic collector, Obama surely noticed that as a Star Wars quote. Jakes should have gone with "live long and prosper." The Dallas Morning news asked Jakes if he realized his mistake and said that he heard from his son who who showed him his error. Jakes noted "So much for trying to be young."
The Obamas arrive at church service Tuesday morning
Tahir attends inauguration
There is another Trek connection to today’s inauguration activities. The Associated Press of Pakistan reports that Pakistani actor Faran Tahir (Capt. Robau in the new Star Trek movie), was one of the invited guests of inauguration of President Obama…Surely this can inspire one of those ‘Facts About Captain Robau.’