Posted: Dec 1, 2009 7:50 AM by Associated Press
President Barack Obama's deliberate approach to decision-making and a fascination with science is raising some eyebrows and drawing the logical question. Is Barack Obama Washington's Mr. Spock, the chief science officer for the ship of state?
Actor Leonard Nimoy, who has portrayed "Star Trek's" Spock for more than 40 years, tells The Associated Press that Obama's precise, logical approach may be "somewhat unusual for a politician." And that may be a compliment.
Obama's Spock-like qualities have drawn critics who say he's too technocratic, too deliberative and lacking in emotion. But it's all good for the geek set who like the idea of a science president.
The president's science adviser, John Holdren, says Obama "is genuinely and intensely interested in science and technology in a way that goes beyond their practical relevance to meeting national goals."