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Stormtroopers and R2-D2 visit the White House for ‘Star Wars’ screening

‘Star Wars’ characters at the White House

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest  with Stormtroopers and R2-D2 at a Friday morning press briefing. 

(Jim Lo Scalzo / EPA )

Stormtroopers on Friday set foot in the White House.

Don’t be alarmed. It wasn’t only those who belong to the dark side who penetrated the nation’s capital on the official opening day of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

As this tweet from the first lady makes clear, the chirpy and charismatic droid R2-D2 received a grand welcoming to the White House as well. Unknown, however, is whether he was searched for carrying a light saber before entering. 

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The occasion? Visitors from a galaxy far, far away were on hand to celebrate a White House screening of “The Force Awakens” for military families. The president appeared to be excited to see the film. President Obama ended his Friday morning press briefing with these words: “OK,  everybody, I’ve got to get to ‘Star Wars.’ ”

The Stormtroopers and R2-D2 even joined White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest for a brief photo opportunity. 

These were far from the only indications that “Star Wars” fever had gripped our nation’s capital. House Speaker Paul D. Ryan sent out a press release that compared Obama’s team to the evil empire of the “Star Wars” films. “The Force,” it wrote, was strong with former Speaker John A. Boehner. 

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There’s more. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee posted a fundraising plea dubbed “Senate Wars” and stylized the text as opening crawl from the space fantasy films. "It is an uncertain time in our galaxy,” read the post before it criticized Republican policies. 

The Jedi council, meanwhile, remained silent on this particular political divide. 

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