Speaking of President Obama, at the Gridiron Dinner over the weekend--another press club gathering in which prominent guests tell jokes--he poked fun at his own "Star" mixing of Jedi and mind meld in a press conference (see previous post.) He ended his speech with this: "And in the words of one of my favorite Star Trek characters — Captain James T. Kirk of the USS Enterprise — 'May the force be with you.'"
And speaking of women's issues, the actor who played another Captain of the Enterprise, Sir Patrick Stewart hosted the launch of a global campaign to encourage men to take action to combat violence against women. At the UN Hotel in New York, Stewart talked about his own childhood experience with such violence. "I became an expert," Stewart said. "I knew exactly when to open a door and insert myself between my father's fist and my mother's body."
“Violence against women is the single greatest human rights violation of our generation,” he proclaimed, and issued a call to action: "--not an action that will make things better in six months' time or a year's time," he continued, "but action that might save someone's life and someone's future this afternoon, tonight, tomorrow morning."