Mark Hamill Visits WH

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 03: Actor Mark Hamill joins White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre at the daily press briefing at the White House on May 03, 2024 in Washington, DC. Hamill met with President Joe Biden in the Oval Office. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

Mark Hamill, best known for his role as Jedi Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy, crashed the White House press briefing on Friday ahead of the highly anticipated Star Wars Day on May the Fourth. However, instead of discussing all things Star Wars, Hamill used the opportunity to gush about President Joe Biden.

Making a lighthearted joke, Hamill shared how he had asked to call Biden “Joe-Bi-Wan-Kenobi” when the president had invited him to call him “Joe.” The actor went on to praise Biden, calling him “the most legislatively successful president in my lifetime.” He then listed off a series of legislative actions that he believed were successes for the Biden administration, including the bipartisan infrastructure law, the PACT Act, and the Chips Act.

Hamill also took the time to acknowledge the hard work of Biden’s staff and the numerous responsibilities and tasks that the president has on his plate every day. He expressed his gratitude for being able to meet with the entire staff, emphasizing the impact that just one person can have on the lives of many.

Following his initial remarks, Hamill opened the floor to questions from reporters but humorously requested that there be no Star Wars questions. He ended his appearance by thanking the press for their time and expressing his appreciation for their work, specifically mentioning New York Times journalist Peter Baker’s book.

However, not everyone shared Hamill’s enthusiasm for Biden. Certain media outlets, such as X, have pointed out that Hamill’s statement about Biden being the most legislatively successful president of his lifetime is debatable. Some have even criticized the actor for allegedly turning to the “dark side” and supporting a politician who is not worthy of such high praise.

The 70-year-old actor has long been open about his political views and has been a vocal critic of former President Donald Trump. He has publicly shown support for Democratic candidates and policies in the past. This is not the first time that Hamill has used his platform to express his political beliefs, but this appearance at the White House briefing may have been his most public display of support for Biden yet.

While some may disagree with Hamill’s statement about Biden’s accomplishments, it cannot be denied that the administration has made significant progress in its first few months. This includes the passage of the COVID-19 relief package, the administration’s focus on climate change, and its push for a more inclusive and diverse America.

In any case, Hamill’s unexpected appearance at the White House press briefing certainly caught many by surprise, and it is clear that the actor is a fan of Biden’s work. As May the Fourth approaches, it will be interesting to see if any other celebrities or Star Wars actors will make similar appearances or declarations of support for the president.

As for now, Hamill’s supportive words for Biden and his staff continue to circulate on social media, receiving mixed reactions from the public. It remains to be seen what impact, if any, this will have on Hamill’s career or public image. But one thing is for sure, this incident has further solidified Hamill’s place in the pop culture realm as a true Jedi, always ready to stand by the side of the forces of good.

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