Obama uses the force with 'Jedi mind meld'

Following President Barack Obama's comments that he is unable to "do a Jedi mind meld" on those who are holding out on a budget cuts deal, the White House released this image on Twitter:

Image of Obama with 'These cuts aren't the solutions Americans are looking for' above it.
This comical image popped up on the White House Twitter feed following the President's comments. Credit: Twitter/ @whitehouse

Underneath the picture of Obama is written, "To deny the facts would be illogical" and a link to wh.gov/jedimindmeld - which links through to the White House's page on the sequester.

While "Jedi" comes from Star Wars, the "mind meld" is featured in Star Trek.

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