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Obama goes into full (and feisty) geek mode

Obama at Frontiers Conference
“Innovation is in our DNA,” President Barack Obama tells his audience at the White House Frontiers Conference in Pittsburgh. (Credit: White House)

President Barack Obama stated the obvious today during what almost sounded like a farewell address to the tech community he loves.

“I confess, I am a science geek,” he said at the White House Frontiers Conference in Pittsburgh. “I’m a nerd, and I don’t make any apologies for it. … It’s cool stuff.”

Obama geeked out big time during his visit to Carnegie Mellon University – checking in with a quadriplegic patient whose sense of finger touch was restored thanks to a brain implant, and steering a flight simulator for a Boeing CST-100 Starliner capsule’sdocking with the International Space Station.

“Your ride is here, baby,” Obama said after mastering the simulated hookup.

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By Alan Boyle

Mastermind of Cosmic Log, contributing editor at GeekWire, author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference," president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. Check out "About Alan Boyle" for more fun facts.

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