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President Barack Obama, seen with original Star Trek cast member Nichelle Nichols, engages in a gesture that conveys his affinity for moderately plausible outer-space television narratives. (Screenshot/Twitter)
President Barack Obama, seen with original Star Trek cast member Nichelle Nichols, engages in a gesture that conveys his affinity for moderately plausible outer-space television narratives. (Screenshot/Twitter)

Live long, prosper and get re-elected: Obama displays his Vulcan salute Add to ...

While campaigning to become the Democratic party nominee in 2008, candidate Barack Obama revealed his Trekkie roots: “I grew up on Star Trek. I believe in the final frontier.”

Well, here is a picture to prove that President Barack Obama, known to Star Trek fans as the first Trekkie president, remains an enthusiast. He can be seen showcasing a Vulcan salute for the camera during Nichelle Nichols’s – who plays Star Trek’s Lieutenant Uhura – February visit to the White House.

Ms. Nichols tweeted about the visit: “Months ago Pres Obama was quoted as saying that he'd had a crush on me when he was younger. I asked about that & he proudly confirmed it!”

And it’s by no means his first encounter with a member of the original Star Trek cast.

Leonard Nimoy, who played Spock, recalls his encounter with Senator Barack Obama shortly after he announced his candidacy.

“He was in Los Angeles, speaking at a luncheon we were invited to. There was a very small crowd — minuscule compared to the crowd that he gathered later — at a private home in Los Angeles. And we were standing on the back patio, waiting for him.

“And he came through the house, saw me and immediately put his hand up in the Vulcan gesture. He said, ‘They told me you were here.’ We had a wonderful brief conversation and I said, ‘It would be logical if you would become president,’” Mr. Nimoy recalled in an interview with the New York Times.

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