President Obama to boldly screen Trek in the White House?

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Trekkie-in-chief President Barack Obama reportedly wants to beam a special screening of Star Trek into the White House, POLITICO reported, citing several anonymous sources.

Various media outlets have speculated on whether Obama is a fan of the sci-fi series. A headline in Salon said that "Obama Is Spock: It's Quite Logical." Newsweek reported that "Spock's cool, analytical nature feels more fascinating and topical than ever now that we've put a sort of Vulcan in the White House," POLITICO reported.

For his part, Leonard Nimoy, who plays Spock Prime in the new movie, said that he's met Obama and recognized something in him. "I've met him twice," Nimoy told the site. "The first time was a couple years ago, very early on, when he had just announced his candidacy. He was in Los Angeles, speaking at a luncheon we were invited to. ... We were standing on the back patio, waiting for him. And he came through the house, saw me and immediately put his hand up in the Vulcan gesture."

During a campaign stop in 2008, Obama told a Wyoming crowd: "I grew up on Star Trek," adding: "I believe in the final frontier."