To say Star Wars: The Force Awakens fever has swept the country is an understatement. It's currently on track to be the biggest movie of all time. Period. It's the hottest trending topic. It has fan boys debating characters and aspects of the story in a way that hasn't happened since Empire Strikes Back. And even the President of the United States had to put everything on hold so he didn't miss his special screening of the sequel everyone is desperate to see before the weekend is over. Let's just hope he didn't overhear any spoilers from the journalists seated in the crowd.
There's no doubt that many of you fine folks left work early, or didn't go in at all today so that you could be amongst the first to see The Force Awakens. Or perhaps you were suffering a Force hangover from watching it late last night at one of the many Thursday previews. However you stack it up, it's kind of hard to get mad at the leader of the country when so many of us are guilty of the same thing. Even though there are a lot of bigger problems in the world right now, aside from having all the fun plot points, twists and turns ruined before you get to see this highly awaited sequel for yourself.
Today marked Barack Obama's final press conference of the year. And perhaps his mind wasn't exactly on foreign policy or U.S. affairs. All he could think about was getting to his Star Wars screening on time. Though he probably didn't have far to go to get there, as the White House is known for holding private screenings. And even if he wasn't headed back to the Oval Office screening room, whatever theater awaited his presence would surely hold the start time until he got there. That didn't stop the man from ending his Q&A session with press by saying this phrase, which we're sure was uttered by Americans all over the country today.
"Okay everybody, I've got to get to Star Wars."
The President wasn't so unkind as to completely turn his back on everyone in attendance as he rushed out the door. He did manage to shout 'Merry Christmas' at reporters as he hurried off for his first ever viewing of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Perhaps his hurried pace wouldn't be so criticized by his detractors had he invited everyone in attendance along. Though that might have upset his wife. First Lady Michelle Obama is said to have hosted this screening. And it was accompanied by quite a few service members, as well as their families. Let's just hope they all like it as much as critics have. The sequel is ranked fresh at Rotten Tomatoes with 95% fresh on the Tomatometer.
When Barack Obama opened his press conference, he made sure to admit that it was not the most important thing happening in the White House today. Before jotting off to watch Han Solo and Kylo Ren square off against each other, he did manage to answer a few questions about terrorism, climate change, and a host of other varied topics. But again, none of it was as important as Star Wars.
Seriously. Why would it be. This is Star Wars we're talking about. And judging from the box office that has already started to roll in, The POTUS wasn't the only one with Princess Leia on the mind. It's estimated that the movie will earn between $250 and $275 million at the box office once all the smoke from the burning Jakku corpses have cleared. What do you think? Are you okay with the leader of the free world rushing off to see Star Wars when there are certainly more pressing matters on his plate? And what is he going to think of Han handing Rey that pistol amidst all these mass shootings?