NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Saturday, December 19, 2015, 11:37 AM
What a trooper.
President Obama made it through his final press conference of 2015, but clearly couldn’t wait to get far, far away from the White House briefing room.
“OK, everybody, I’ve gotta get to ‘Star Wars,'” he signed off abruptly, grinning at reporters.
The commander-in-chief, fresh off a 50-minute conference Friday that tackled terror threats, Guantanamo Bay and mass incarceration, was on his way to a special screening of “The Force Awakens” for military families hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama.
Obama even paid tribute to the space opera in his opening remarks.
“Clearly, this is not the most important event that’s taking place in the White House today,” he began. “There is a screening of ‘Star Wars’ for Gold Star families and children coming up, so I’ll try to be relatively succinct.”
After the President left, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest welcomed a surreal trio of guests to the briefing room podium: R2D2 and a pair of surly Stormtroopers.
“These are not the droids you’re looking for,” a reporter called out, quoting Obi-Wan Kenobi’s iconic line.
“They are not,” Earnest laughed. “They are not.”
Obama has dabbled in “Star Wars” fandom throughout his presidency to mixed results.
In July 2013, he honored the franchise’s creator, George Lucas, with a National Humanities Medal and reflected on his first time watching the films — but infuriated sci-fi nerds earlier that year when he mixed up “Star Wars” and “Star Trek” canon.
“Even though most people agree that I’m being reasonable; that most people agree I’m presenting a fair deal,” Obama said while discussing a sequester.
“The fact they don’t take it means I should somehow do a Jedi mind meld with these folks and convince them to do what’s right.”