The Force is strong with the US government

White House press secretary Josh Earnest and Star Wars Stormtroopers wait for Star Wars Robot R2-D2 (L) to enter the briefing room after U.S. President Barack Obama finished his end of the year news conference at the White House in Washington December 18, 2015.  © Kevin Lamarque
With ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ taking in a record $57 million on its opening night, everyone wants a piece of the action. The US government is no exception, though some of its jokes are a bit… forced, they seem.

During his year-end press conference, President Barack Obama ended on a Star Wars note, while his press secretary, Josh Earnest, had a few visitors by his side for the daily White House briefing.

It’s no surprise that NASA is tweeting about a galaxy far, far away. Space is the agency’s raison d'être, after all. Even Commander Scott Kelly, aboard the International Space Station is excited for the seventh movie in the saga.

The Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other governmental health and safety agencies hope to prevent Americans from ending up like the Death Star.

While the Congress of the United States endlessly debates legislation, its members have invoked the Force. So has the Pentagon.

State and local governments have channeled their inner Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, using Star Wars to promote a plethora of policies and events.

Other federal agencies have refused to allow turmoil to engulf them or let Imperial troops drive them from getting in on the Star Wars game.