The Vulcan Factor

David Itzkoff sits down with Leonard Nimoy:

President Obama has drawn not-infrequent comparisons to the Spock character. Do you see any similarities there?

I’ve met him twice. The first time was a couple years ago, very early on when he had just announced his candidacy. He was in Los Angeles, speaking at a luncheon we were invited to. There was a very small crowd — minuscule compared to the crowd that he gathered later — at a private home in Los Angeles. And we were standing on the back patio, waiting for him. And he came through the house, saw me and immediately put his hand up in the Vulcan gesture. He said, “They told me you were here.” We had a wonderful brief conversation and I said, “It would be logical if you would become president.”

Good anecdote! I, too, have met Obama twice. So basically, I’m Leonard Nimoy.