The death the Star Trek actor today has left one fan in particular proclaiming his devotion to the cool, calm and collected Vulcan. President Barack Obama publicly noted the death of Leonard Nimoy on Friday:
Besides the tweet, the White House also released a long statement from the president about Nimoy’s death and the effect the actor had on the man in 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
“Long before being nerdy was cool, there was Leonard Nimoy. Leonard was a lifelong lover of the arts and humanities, a supporter of the sciences, generous with his talent and his time. And of course, Leonard was Spock. Cool, logical, big-eared and level-headed, the center of Star Trek’s optimistic, inclusive vision of humanity’s future.
“I loved Spock.
“In 2007, I had the chance to meet Leonard in person. It was only logical to greet him with the Vulcan salute, the universal sign for ‘Live long and prosper.’ And after 83 years on this planet – and on his visits to many others – it’s clear Leonard Nimoy did just that. Michelle and I join his family, friends and countless fans who miss him so dearly today.”
An admitted Trekkie, the president posed with original Star Trek actress Nichelle Nichols for an Oval Office pic back in February 2012. The Commander-in-Chief and Lt. Uhura both were doing the Vulcan salute, and the actress added as a caption online “Live Long & Prosper.”