Obama: Star Trek About Humanity, Not Just Tech

By October 18, 2016


Barack Obama is not ashamed at all to talk about his love for Star Trek.

Not just the space battles, the exploration, the amazing adventures. But also the human side of Trek, no matter how offensive it is to the president’s idol, Mr. Spock.

Obama shared why he loved Star Trek so much with reporters from Wired magazine and how Gene Roddenberry’s creation helped continue the conversation of a “common humanity and a confidence in our ability to solve problems.”

“That is what I love most about America, the spirit of ‘Oh, we can figure this out.’ If we ever lose that spirit, then we’re gonna lose what is essential about America and what I think is essential about being human.”

That humanity, Obama said, is expressed in not what we do for each other, but really how we treat each other. It might not be something viewers caught in their first pass of the original Star Trek in the 1960s. However, it was something audiences, including the president, embraced over time.

“What made the show lasting was it wasn’t actually about technology. It was about values and relationships.”

“Part of figuring it out is being able to work across barriers and differences.”

While many might say there’s a lot of Leonard Nimoy’s Spock in Obama, the president feels there is a lot of Star Trek in everyone.

“We’ve all got a little bit of Spock, and a little bit of Kirk, and a little bit of Scotty, maybe some Klingon in us, right? 

And that’s the kind of team that will help society progress into the future.

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Michael Hinman

Michael Hinman

Managing Editor at GeekNation
Michael began what has become nearly 19 years of entertainment reporting as the founder of SyFy Portal, which would become Airlock Alpha after he sold the SyFy brand to NBC Universal. He's based out of New York City where he is the editor of a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper in the Bronx.