President Obama Flashes Vulcan Salute (Twice) At Correspondent Dinner – Is Trek Cool Again?

Last night was the annual Radio and TV Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington DC. Traditionally it is a light-hearted evening attended by the current President with comic entertainment. The Daily Show’s John Hodgman was the entertainment who focused on President Obama’s ‘nerdcore’, including Star Trek credentials. We have video below, plus an infographic analyzing how Star Trek is ‘cool again’.


Hodgman declares Obama ‘first nerd president’
In the below video of Hodgman’s routine, there are multiple references to Star Trek as well as other pop culture nerdy references. The refs start around 6:50 and are peppered after that, including two moments where Obama shows a Vulcan salute (at 9:30 and 13:40). The last minute or so is an homage to Star Trek II.


Star Trek Cool Again?
This is just latest recent example of Star Trek showing up in media. With Star Trek being the number one box office of the movie so far and with it showing up on chat shows, SNL, awards shows and in politics, it seems that Star Trek is mainstream and (dare we say it) cool again. In fact this week SciFiWire decided that this subject was worthy of a handy infographic. 

SciFi Wire analyzes Trek coolness factors


Thanks Marko and Drew.

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