Holy shit, you guys! President Barack Obama is hanging out with Lieutenant Uhura from Star Trek, and he’s giving the Vulcan salute! Your many years of interest in geeky things have finally been vindicated.
This awesome photo was taken when actress Nichelle Nichols visited the White House back in late February, but she just posted it to her twitter account last night, so here it is. And it wasn’t just any random White House visit; Obama has been a fan of Ms. Nichols, and Star Trek in general, for quite some time.
President Obama, who himself boldly went where no man has gone before as the first African-American elected to the White House, is an admitted comic fan and “Star Trek” geek.
“Months ago, Pres Obama was quoted as saying that he’d had a crush on me when he was younger,” Nichols tweeted at the time of her White House visit in late February. “I asked about that & he proudly confirmed it! … President Obama also confirmed for me that he was definitely a Trekker! How wonderful is that?!”
Some think Barack Obama is our first nerd president, but that might be going a bit far. He’s certainly the most open about it that any president has been, though. In any case, this photo confirms what many already know: some of the world’s most important positions are occupied by nerds.