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    Article: Obama's Death Star Response is Best Star Wars Tribute in History

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    Yeah, that pretty much is the greatest White House Star Wars reference of all time, kicks the crap out of Reagan's "Star Wars" initiative to put expensive space-based weapons into orbit (Lucas complained bitterly about the use of his brand's name for that use, IIRC). Anyway, here's the letter and it's outstanding: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/res...-youre-looking
    It's also informative, I had no idea NASA had a program named "C3PO", and it links to the Voyager spacecraft which my grandfather worked on. And a link to a picture of Obi-Bama using a Hasbro basic lightsaber to fence. And it cites that the Force is with us at the end, swank!

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    Hi JT,

    The official name of President Reagan's 1980's idea was called SDI which stands for Strategic Defense Initiative. It was the media that called it Star Wars. President Reagan and the US Gov't did not call it Star Wars they always referred it by its given name SDI. That was a funny answer by the Obama White House for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by indyjones1981 View Post
    Hi JT,

    The official name of President Reagan's 1980's idea was called SDI which stands for Strategic Defense Initiative. It was the media that called it Star Wars. President Reagan and the US Gov't did not call it Star Wars they always referred it by its given name SDI. That was a funny answer by the Obama White House for sure.
    Apparently the media only spread it from Senator Ted Kennedy's speech being the first place, but I did know that Reagan didn't call it that, I just couldn't think of anything that tied Star Wars to the White House before this. Lucas did complain about the use though, I believe.
    Darth Vader is becoming the Mickey Mouse of Star Wars.

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    Hi JT,

    Lucas was miffed that SDI was called Star Wars. Reagan wanted to visit the Skywalker Ranch/ILM in 1986 or so but Lucas denied the request. Some think it was because the whole SDI/Star Wars issue. Also do you know if and when the Endor AT-AT is coming out? I never saw it at TOY R US in the US in the 4th quarter in 2012 but I did score a Falcon in Vintage packaging for half price.
    Europe Toys R US did get the Endor AT-AT.
    Last edited by indyjones1981; 01-12-2013 at 10:02 PM.

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    I hadn't remembered that Reagan was turned down for a visit by Lucas, that's pretty wild stuff to turn down a sitting president.

    I posted a more detailed response on the Endor AT-AT in the other thread you posted, but right now I don't think there's a known street date, it didn't get a US release when it was supposed to, we'll hopefully learn more next month at Toy Fair.
    Darth Vader is becoming the Mickey Mouse of Star Wars.

    "In Brooklyn, a castle, is where dwell I"
    The use of a lightsaber does not make one a Jedi, it is the ability to not use it.

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    Not really an Obama fan, but this is a pretty cool story. I guess I could make some snide remark about how his administration probably has more important things that they could be spending their time on, but I can let that slide.

    I do remember SDI and I was always under the assumption that "Star Wars" was the nickname chosen by it's designers. Interesting to hear that it was just a media nickname that took on a life of its own.

    Personally, I always thought SDI was pretty awesome and I never understood the outcry against it.

    Wasn't Reagan's use of the term "evil empire" to describe the USSR the first use of a Star Wars reference in world politics?

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    bigbarada yes you have a good memory. Reagan's use of the term "evil empire". Was made around 1983.

    JT your thoughts.

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