President Obama in yet-another Star Wars gaff

Ryan Leston
11 July 2013
President Obama in yet-another Star Wars gaff
President Obama explains why he loved Carrie Fisher in that gold bikini... probably.

After his previous sci-fi gaff, you'd think President Obama would have learned… But he's now awarded George Lucas the National Medal of Arts for his work with 'planes in space'.

In an extraordinary ceremony at the White House, president Barrack Obama has awarded 'Star Wars' creator George Lucas the National Medal of Arts. But while this is undoubtedly an incredible honour for the 69-year-old filmmaker, it looks as though Obama has been brushing up on his sci-fi lingo. And rather than honouring Lucas' creative triumphs, he's apparently honoured the legendary filmmaker for his 'planes in space'.

[Star Wars: The pig that looks like Yoda]

The extraordinary speech came during the awards ceremony for the National Medal of Arts… for which George Lucas had been honoured along with other entertainment greats such as Herb Alpert and Elaine May.

But while the official White House statement honours George Lucas for his "contributions to American cinema" it looks as though President Obama had other ideas.

Praising the extraordinary skill that goes into the arts, Obama explained how much talent it takes to tell the untold stories of history. Or in the case of George Lucas, "to make it look like those planes in space are actually flying like they are…"

His comment was met with an eruption of laughter and a number of rather bemused faces. But then, he didn't stop there. Instead, Obama decided to comment on how 'Star Wars' has revolutionised movie special effects… in his own, unique way.

"I remember when I first saw Star Wars," Obama clumsily added. "There's a whole generation that thinks special effects always looked like they do today. But it used to be you'd see, like, the string on the little model spaceship…"

[Star Wars: The return of Darth Maul?]

Of course, President Obama has already come under fire for confusing 'Star Wars' with 'Star Trek' as he explained to confused onlookers that he "can't do a Jedi mind-meld to make the Republicans do the right thing."

But with the ever-rising popularity of shows such as 'Big Bang Theory' could Obama be hoping to win the geek vote? At this rate, I'm not entirely sure he's managing it… Still, you have to hand it to him - he's boldly going where no president has gone before.

May the Farce be with you.

What do you think of President Obama's sci-fi knowledge? Does he know his Silurians from his Sarlaccs? Let us know what you think in the comments below…

Ryan Leston is a sci-fi geek from Cardiff who loves all things Star Wars. His favourite Star Wars film is The Empire Strikes Back and he still wants to be Han Solo when he grows up. Follow Ryan Leston on Twitter or Facebook.

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