The White House spokesman, Josh Earnest, made an unexpected appearance in the press briefing room December 18th, with two stormtroopers and a droid from the “Star Wars” movies strapped to his side, thereby giving a semblance of truth to the idea that the Obama administration really does symbolize the evil Empire.
Unlike Obi-Wan Kenobi, the White House spokesman was not able to use the Force to control the minds of the press. Fortunately for Earnest, the Obama administration already controls the liberal media and general public with its own brute force anyway.
Shortly after President Obama finished an hour-long news conference before his vacation to Hawaii, Mr. Earnest entered the lectern with two stormtroopers and the R2-D2 droid by his side. “You gotta admit, this is pretty cool,” Mr. Earnest said. The visitors were at the White House for a special screening of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” for Gold Star military families. The movie debuted in theaters across the country that same day.(1)
The dark side of the White House
The photo-op was another piece of evidence suggesting how obsessed the country has become with the latest installment of the “Star Wars” franchise. Apart from the photo op, however, many “Star Wars” themes and metaphors have been used by politicians to characterize the Obama administration lately.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, for instance, sent out a press release that compared the Obama administration to the evil Empire in the “Star Wars” movies. “The Force,” it said, “was strong with former Speaker John A. Boehner.” He even said Obama’s “untrustworthiness” was equivalent to Darth Vader claiming he can’t work with Luke Skywalker because he took unilateral action on Death Star Reform.(2)
“Republicans retook the House in 2011, with Speaker John Boehner at the helm. He knew and implemented an age-old truth: Spend with transparency or spend not. There is no try,” the press release noted. “The Force was strong with that one.”(1)
Many other presidential candidates have offered their fair share of “Star Wars” puns and innuendos. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, for instance, refers to his donors and volunteers as the “Rebel Alliance.” Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, on the other hand, is currently holding a “Star Wars” contest on his campaign’s mobile app.(1)
Furthermore, a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee released a fundraising appeal created to mirror the film’s famous opening credits with the following line for donors: “We’re relying on you. Retake the Senate, we must.”
Obama has trademarks of a power-hungry Sith Lord
There was obfuscation at the White House following the press release, however. With a stormtrooper on each side of Mr. Earnest, reporters were quick to note that the setting of the briefing room verified which side of the Force the Obama administration was on. Of course, these comments evaded the fact that R2-D2 was in the corner, a cyborg on the light side of the Force championed for “great bravery in rescuing his masters and their friends from many perils.”(3)
This isn’t the first time the Sith Empire and the White House have crossed company. In 2013, for instance, the Obama administration rejected a fan petition proposing that the United States build its very own Death Star by 2016 — a moon-sized space station with the ability to destroy entire planets. The object had a $850 quadrillion price estimate attached to it, which the Obama administration denied on the grounds that “it did not support blowing up planets.”(4)
Although the White House did not seek out to build a Death Star, the actions of the Obama regime over the last seven years clearly illustrate which side of the Force the president is on. Repeatedly ignoring the Legislative branch, corroding civil liberties and a thirst for power all have the trademarks of a Sith lord.
Hopefully, the 2016 election will bring balance to the Force. For now, we wait.