President Obama, March 1st (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)
David Jackson, USA TODAY
The sequester is getting attention for sure, but two other comments by President Obama at a brief news conference Friday are likely to have a long shelf life.
First, the president announced he is not a dictator.
Then Obama disclosed he could not "mind meld" with Republicans to force a sequester deal, though it appears he mixed his science fiction metaphors.
"Most people agree I'm presenting a fair deal, " Obama said. "The fact that they (Republicans) don't take it means that I should, somehow, you know, do a Jedi mind meld with these folks and convince them to do what's right."
Alas, the Vulcan Mind Meld is the property of Star Trek's Mr. Spock (a character Obama has been compared to, oddly enough).
The Jedi, of Star Wars fame, used "mind tricks" to get people to do what they want, according to numerous science fiction geeks who flocked to Twitter after the president's remarks.
The Atlantic website reports that Obama "shatters his nerd credibility" -- which strikes us as a good thing.
The president had made the same point earlier when he told reporters he couldn't force the Republicans to agree to a new budget deal.
"I am not a dictator," Obama said. "I'm the president."
He added: "So, ultimately if Mitch McConnell or John Boehner say, 'we need to go to catch a plane,' I can't have Secret Service block the doorway. Right?"