A fun Twitpic of President Obama posing with Star Track actress Nichelle Nichols in the Oval Office of the White House has gone viral. The photo of the president and Nichols, who played Lieutenant Uhura on the iconic series, was posted on February 29th of this year, but is just bubbling up now. It’s a top post today on the trending topics site Buzzfeed.
Could the sudden interest be due to the fact that fellow Star Trek alum George Takei just posted it to his facebook page about an hour ago? Seems likely. The photo of the POTUS and actress throwing up Spock’s “Live long and prosper” hand sign has already garnered 27,117 likes, 5,237 shares, and 2,373 comments.
It also has a few fans welcoming President Obama into that special club of Star Trek personae otherwise known as “nerds.”
“Black Nerds Unite!” one person who shared the image on her Facebook page chanted virtually.
“Wow, first black female to kiss a white male actor o[n] television. First black president in the white house. Who knew?” cheered one fan of the shot on Takei’s Facebook page.
“Who ever would have dreamt this scene forty years ago, they’d have locked you up and thrown away the key. GBA!,” (or God Bless America) another Facebook user chimed in.
“She’s still just as beautiful as ever!” another added.
Yes, Nichelle does look great. Nichols, 79 years old, first played the role that made her famous in 1968. People think actress Helen Mirren is sexy in her late sixties, but Nichols is certainly giving her a run for her money at over a decade older.
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