The optimistic future postulated in Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek has sparked formative imaginations and inspired millions of artists, filmmakers, authors, scientists, athletes, doctors, engineers, musicians and architects over the decades since it was born 50 years ago. So it's no particular surprise that the engaging universe of the intrepid crew of the starship Enterprise would be an essential component of the life of our commander-in-chief.
Wired recently honored President Barack Obama by elevating him to the status of November's guest editor and sat down with him to discuss all things good and geeky with the Leader of the Free World, touching on a wide range of topics, including his love of Star Trek and what role its influence has played throughout his political career, then later reveals an essential list of his favorite sci-fi films and TV shows.
Here is the official POTUS roster of his must-watch geeky entertainment classics via Wired:
2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, Star Trek (1966-69), The Martian, The Matrix, Cosmos: A Personal Voyage.
Besides being a certified fan of the genre and the seminal Roddenberry series, Obama recognizes the importance of Star Trek's shining example of a future Earth populated by a diverse, peaceful (mostly) society bent on exploration and how it serves as an excellent paradigm of that resourceful, American can-do mentality.
“That is what I love most about America … that spirit of ‘oh, we can figure this out,'” Obama said in the interview with Wired Editor-In-Chief Scott Dadich and MIT's Joi Ito. “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. 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," he continued. “There’s a certain faith in rationality, tempered by some humility. 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?”
Have a listen to our Trekkie President in the video below and tell us how Star Trek has inspired you in your life.