White House awakens to the force of 'Star Wars'

WASHINGTON DC, USA – Even the White House is not immune to The Force.

A gaggle of Stormtroopers and the droid R2-D2 were spotted in West Wing Friday, December 18 as the seat of US executive power succumbed to intergalactic-sized hype around the new blockbuster Star Wars movie. (READ: ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ review: Something new, something old, something borrowed)

First Lady Michelle Obama tweeted this video of R2-D2 arriving at the White House. 

Welcome to the @WhiteHouse, R2-D2. #StarWars pic.twitter.com/LVJZereiUh — The First Lady (@FLOTUS) December 19, 2015


Giving an end of year press conference, President Barack Obama revealed he too was swept up by Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which has already set an opening night box office record in the United States and Canada. (WATCH: 'Force Awakens' cast sings epic a cappella 'Star Wars' medley)

"Clearly, this is not the most important thing that's taking place in the White House today," he joked. "There's a screening of Star Wars" for people who lost a family member in the Iraq war."

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest appeared unannounced at the lectern of the briefing room with the Star Wars characters, including Darth Vader's henchmen.

Journalists joked there was now little doubt about whether the White House sides with the Dark Side of the Force. – Rappler.com