“Can I call you Joe-Bi-Wan-Kenobi?” : Mark Hamill, the hero of “Star Wars”, puts on a show at the White House

“Can I call you Joe-Bi-Wan-Kenobi?” : Mark Hamill, the hero of “Star Wars”, puts on a show at the White House
“Can I call you Joe-Bi-Wan-Kenobi?” : Mark Hamill, the hero of “Star Wars”, puts on a show at the White House

The unforgettable interpreter of Luke Skywalker was received by Joe Biden at the White House this Friday.

Between two punchlines, the 72-year-old actor praised the work done by the outgoing president during his mandate.

This meeting with a very popular actor comes at a time when polls predict the victory of Donald Trump next November.

He is the most famous of all Jedi Knights. On the eve of May The Fourth, World Fan Day of the “Star” Wars saga, Mark Hamill was received on Friday by President Joe Biden. Did the unforgettable interpreter of Luke Skywalker give advice to his host, as a new duel with Donald Trump approaches?

At the end of this summit interview, the 72-year-old actor invited himself to the weekly press briefing by spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre, to the delight of the journalists present in the room. “How many of you had ‘Mark Hamill leads White House press conference’ on his bingo card ?, he asked them.Raise your hand ? Me neither“.

I just met the president and he gave me these aviator glasses“, he continued, removing the pair he had been wearing until then, a replica of Joe Biden’s.”I love merchandising“, he exclaimed. More seriously, Mark Hamill then confided “the honor“to be received by the president”who has accomplished the most legislatively in my lifetime“, he estimated.

Loyal support of the Democratic outgoing, he notably cited the PACT Act, a law which helps veterans exposed to toxic products, the CHIPS Act to finance research on semiconductors, the fight against inflation or even the creation of 15 million jobs during his mandate.

Questioned by journalists, Mark Hamill said he was invited to the White House during the presidency of Jimmy Carter and then that of Barack Obama. “But I’ve never been in the Oval Office“, he confessed. Did they talk about Star Wars? “When I said Mr. President, he told me ‘You can call me Joe.’ I answered him : ‘Can I call you Joe-Bi-Wan Kenobi?’ He liked it.”

Mark Hamill has not commented on the upcoming election. With Robert De Niro, however, he is one of the celebrities who never miss an opportunity to criticize Joe Biden’s predecessor. “People who complain about my anti-Trump tweets need to understand one thing“, he wrote in 2018. “I love my country and feel it is my duty to oppose this demented sociopath with every fiber of my being“.

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Was this unexpected tête-à-tête aimed at improving the image of the American president, at a time when polls predict the victory of his Republican rival next November? “It was a meeting about everything the president has done on behalf of the American people“, simply commented Karine Jean-Pierre.


Jérôme VERMELIN

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