Star Wars mania comes to the White House

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Posted: Dec 18, 2015 6:53 PM
Star Wars mania comes to the White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has caught Star Wars mania.

President Barack Obama began his year-end press conference Friday by letting reporters know their meeting wouldn't be the most important event taking place Friday.

That honor went to a special screening of "The Force Awakens" for Gold Star families who have lost relatives to combat- or service-related injuries.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest also got into the spirit, posing for pictures with R2-D2 and two Stormtroopers in the press briefing room. R2-D2 also interacted with reporters by playing the Star Wars theme song and some patriotic tunes.

Obama left the press conference saying he needed to get to "Star Wars." He has not yet issued a presidential review.