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Just take one quick look at the already staggering box office numbers being put up by Star Wars: The Force Awakens and it’s clear there are some folks playing hooky from work. A lot of bosses received early morning phone calls today while employees on the other end of the line feigned twee sick voices, maybe throwing in a cough for good measure. We all know what’s going on, but we have to play the part, right? Turns out that it’s not just us normals who want to get out of our day jobs to go see Star Wars, the President of the United States is ditching work to see The Force Awakens, too.

Yeah, that’s right, Barack Obama is just like the rest of us in that he, too, needs to get on the road and watch him some Star Wars, though he probably doesn’t have far to go as it is screening in the White House—there are some definite perks to being the most powerful man in the world. Today was the President’s final press conference of the year, and when it was done, he ended it with a phrase many people are probably saying today as they leave the office:
Okay everybody, I’ve got to get to Star Wars.

He did holler a "Merry Christmas" to reporters over his shoulder as he beat a hasty retreat to that far, far away galaxy. What he should have done was invite them all along, this is the kind of movie you’re going to want to watch with a big ass crowd. Actually, he won’t be alone, as his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, is hosting the screening and there will be a number of service members and their families in attendance.

Opening the press conference in the White House press room, the President did joke that this wasn’t the most important thing going down on-site today. Before heading to the theater, Obama answered questions on a variety of topics ranging from terrorism to climate change.

Judging by the early numbers, the President is far from the only one making it a point to watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens today. According to reports, the J.J. Abrams-directed space opera could earn somewhere between $250 and $275 million at the box office this weekend, obliterating the previous high opening of $208.8 million set earlier this year by Jurassic World.

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