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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847 Comments
  • Dog loverSaturday, March 3, 2018 at 6:00 am
    Lol 😂 I didn't know that the president liked Star Wars!
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      vajyxagufytyvoWednesday, January 10, 2018 at 6:54 am
      the last jedi is so good I LOVE!!
      • BobMonday, January 8, 2018 at 2:04 pm
        I think Star Wars is the best movie ever made.
        • barfWednesday, December 20, 2017 at 10:00 am
          star wars is awesome
          • javamuchMonday, December 11, 2017 at 10:15 am
            I love star wars my favorite character is bb-8 from the force awakens.
            • Blue Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 6:05 am
              OH MY GOSH! I LOVE STAR WARS!!!!!!!!!!!!
              • aspenTuesday, October 17, 2017 at 12:53 pm
                love it.
                • 1738 savageMonday, September 25, 2017 at 10:30 am
                  love it star wars is one of my favorite movies
                  • AntidisestablisMonday, September 25, 2017 at 1:53 am
                    Wow so much of a Star Wars avent
                    • callie_b
                      callie_bFriday, June 9, 2017 at 5:27 pm
                      So cool! I love it!