The Empire is apparently alive and well. Today, a pair of Storm Troopers and R2D2 accompanied White House spokesman Josh Earnest on stage at the White House Press Briefing Room.

The White House is having a Star Wars: The Force Awakens screening along with Gold Star families, and in conjunction with the event, it looks like Disney sent some of its newest ambassadors.

President Obama, who did his last presser of the year today, also noted: “Clearly, this is not the most important event that’s taking place in the White House today. There is a screening of Star Wars for Gold Star families and children coming up. So I’ll try to be relatively succinct.”

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The President ended the conference saying, “OK, everybody. I’ve gotta get to Star Wars.”


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