The excitement over Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ debut has made it all the way to the White House.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Wednesday that he is “confident” President Barack Obama will see the latest movie in the Star Wars saga “at some point,” reporters said.
CBS News White House Correspondent Mark Knoller also noted that the MPAA arranges films for White House screenings (so don’t expect to see the first family waiting in line for popcorn at your local theater).
Last week, Obama praised Star Wars creator George Lucas at the Kennedy Center Honors, citing a legacy he said would continue to endure for generations to come.
“Think about how many children have been raised, at least in part, by George Lucas,” the president said. “Think about how many young people searching for their place in the universe have thought to themselves, ‘If a kid from Tatooine moisture farm can go from bulls-eyeing womp rats in his T-16 to saving the galaxy, then maybe I can be something special too?’
“George, I don’t know if you’ve heard, but they might even make a brand-new Star Wars movie soon. It’s very low-key, it’s not getting a lot of promotion,” Obama joked. “But it’s also pretty remarkable that nearly 40 years after the first Star Destroyer crawled across the screen, we are still obsessed with George’s vision of a galaxy far, far away. And we’ll be raising our children on his stories for a long, long time to come.”
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens on Dec. 18. Whenever the president sees it, there’s a good chance he’ll be pleased — reviews of the film (both from critics and celebrities who saw the film early) have so far been overwhelmingly positive.