"There is a screening of Star Wars for Gold Star families and children, so I'll be relatively succinct," POTUS said during his end-of-the-year speech.

By Karen Mizoguchi
December 18, 2015 07:00 PM

President Obama is eager to watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens like the rest of us.

POTUS kept his end-of-the-year speech brief to watch the newly released seventh installment at the White House telling reporters in his opening remarks, “Clearly, this is not the most important event that’s taking place in the White House today. There is a screening of Star Wars for Gold Star families and children coming up. So I’ll try to be relatively succinct.”

During his 50-minute address, Obama discussed some of the biggest highlights and events of 2015 including climate change, terrorism and diplomacy among other topics.

And in the best press conference sign-off in perhaps history, the leader of the free world told his audience, “Okay, everybody, I gotta get to Star Wars!”

John Earnest/Twitter

Obama joined Gold Star families, those who lost loved ones in the Iraq War, for the screening of the J.J. Abrams-directed film.

Special guests R2-D2 and a couple of Stormtroopers joined Press Secretary John Earnest on stage at the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room. “It can be useful to bring friends along sometimes. Thx @Disney 4 hosting a @StarWars event for Gold Star families,” he tweeted.

For his seventh holiday in a row, the Obamas will head to Hawaii for his annual family vacation. Prior to their getaway, POTUS is scheduled for a visit to San Bernardino, California, to spend time with families and victims of this month’s terrorist attack.

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