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Out: Obama Is Mr. Spock; In: Obama Is Capt. Kirk

It was once very popular to compare Barack Obama to Mr. Spock from “Star Trek.” Leonard Nimoy, who played the dispassionate first mate of the starship Enterprise, thrilled Obama supporters during the 2008 primaries by recounting how the then-candidate greeted him with a split-fingered Vulcan salute. The Obama as Spock conceit grew like tribbles after Nimoy’s endorsement.

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