While the rest of the world watched Star Wars: The Force Awakens in movie theaters with the general public on opening day, the first family watched the movie in the comfort of their own home. Their really big, white home. And instead of seeing the movie alongside the general public, the Obamas and White House staff were joined by military families of fallen soldiers and two other special guests — Stormtroopers and R2-D2.
Everyone was super excited about the event, including the first lady who tweeted a welcome message to R2-D2:
The president was so excited to see the movie, he ended his Friday morning press briefing with, “OK, everybody, I’ve got to get to Star Wars.” Out of all of his presidential duties that day, we imagine the Star Wars duty was up there as one of his favorites. But it wasn’t just the the president and first lady who were pumped about Star Wars storming the White House. The Stormtroopers and R2-D2 ushered White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest off stage; Paul D. Ryan put out a press release that began with “A long time ago in a Congress far, far away…”, comparing Obama and his team to the evil empire (We’re just going to read this one as a good-natured joke); and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee posted a request for fundraising called “Senate Wars” and stylized the text to look like the opening crawl from the films. “It is an uncertain time in our galaxy,” read the post before criticizing Republican policies, but then offering “hope” by “recruiting democratic champions” (Again, joke?)
The force was also strong for families of fallen soldiers.
So clearly everyone was really, really excited about the world premiere of Star Wars. Now we just need to make an official annual Star Wars day where everyone has the day off school and work and all we do is watch Star Wars movies and eat popcorn. Because duh.
Your move, United States Government.
(Featured image via Twitter)