SPOTLIGHT

Obama as Trekkie

In a new interview with Newsweek, President Obama speaks about the toughest policy choices he’s had to make so far—as well as his love of Star Trek. He says ordering 17,000 additional troops in Afghanistan was the hardest decision he’s had to make, as “the task is extraordinarily difficult and there are no guarantees.” Obama also shuts down former Vice President Dick Cheney and spoke of the “mess” of trying terror detainees who’ve been held for years without charges. The president shares personal details, as well—saying his daughters aren’t yet suffering “fishbowl effects” but joking that it will be tough for them to date “because I have men with guns surrounding them at all times, which I’m perfectly happy with.” And sorry, Bill O’Reilly, Obama says he watches no cable news. But he has seen the new Star Trek: “Everybody was saying I was Spock, so I figured I should check it out and—[the president makes the Vulcan salute with his hand].”