Video Of The Week - Obamas Celebrate Star Wars Day With Stormtroopers And R2D2

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Star Wars Day at the White House (Photo Credit: Whitehouse.gov)

On Wednesday, May 4th, fans across the world celebrated Star Wars Day. Most commemorated the unofficial holiday by binge watching all seven films or greeting passersby with “May the fourth be with you” — A nod to the movie’s famous line, “May the force be with you.”

However, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama took the celebrations of the revered film series to a new level with a dance party that included some stormtroopers and R2D2. The video which was shared on the official White House website on May 4th shows the couple rocking to Mrs. Obama’s favorite song — “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars!

May 4th was chosen as Star Wars Day because of the easy pun on the movie’s catchphrase, “May the force be with you.” Interestingly enough, the phrase was not created by the maker of the movies, Lucasfilms, but by a British newspaper to congratulate former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, on her election on May 4th, 1979. In fact, it was not until 2011 that it was adopted by some Star Wars fans in Toronto, Canada. Thanks to the internet and social media, observance of the holiday has now spread worldwide. In 2015, even astronauts at the ISS celebrated the event with a special Star Wars movie screening.

Resources: Whitehouse.gov, wikipedia.org

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  • jcbear
    jcbearThursday, October 22, 2020 at 3:17 pm
    LOL
    • crooksanks
      crooksanksFriday, August 7, 2020 at 4:26 pm
      me I love star wars .I loved it
      • gabbiei
        gabbieiFriday, March 13, 2020 at 8:49 am
        Wow Mr Obama I never knew you like Star Wars! By the way you are my favorite president!
        • 0990
          0990Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 6:18 am
          I agree with ya buddy.💖
        • joshbaby
          joshbabySunday, November 17, 2019 at 9:11 pm
          funny
          • BlaiseTuesday, October 8, 2019 at 1:39 pm
            Nice
            • thomasMonday, May 27, 2019 at 5:40 am
              i like there music
              • maireTuesday, May 7, 2019 at 10:00 am
                This is CRAZY!!
                • Minecraft Jude Friday, April 19, 2019 at 4:49 pm
                  Who are the storm troopers and R2 dancing with?
                  • "Blaze"Monday, April 1, 2019 at 7:50 am
                    I've always wanted to be in the movies eventhough I can't... :(
                    • "Blaze"Friday, March 29, 2019 at 8:05 am
                      I've always wanted to be in one of the movies