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www.newsweek.comPresident Obama has asked for a private screening of the new Star Trek movie, Politico reports. They also quote a Newsweek anecdote from the campaign:

"That's an interesting belt buckle," he said to Michelle, mischievously. She feigned offense and said, "I am interesting, next to you. Surprise, surprise, a blue suit, a white shirt and a tie." Obama grinned and bent down until he was almost at eye level with her waist. He jabbed a playful finger toward her belt buckle, and let loose his inner nerd. "The lithium crystals! Beam me up, Scotty!" Obama squeaked, laughing at his own lame joke as Michelle rolled her eyes.

Just throwing out a wild guess, here, but perhaps if we checked the recording, we might find that he said "Dilithium crystals!" rather than "The lithium crystals!". After all, as Obama would surely know, lithium at room temperature is a soft alkali metal with a silver-white colour, not a crystal. Apparently neither the reporter on the scene, nor the Newsweek writer Evan Thomas, nor any of the editors or copy-editors or fact-checkers at Newsweek is a trekkie. Yet another reason not to lament the demise of their profession in its current form.

"Real" dilithium crystals: