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Stormtroopers And R2-D2 Were At The White House And People Had Questions

"It's a trap!"

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The two stormtroopers flanked White House spokesman Josh Ernest prior to a briefing, proving that Star Wars mania knows no bounds. Even R2-D2 tagged along as reporters snapped pictures and took to Twitter to announce that the Empire had invaded the White House.

Earnest was clearly enjoying it.

"This is pretty cool, isn't it?" he asked reporters. "You gotta admit, this is pretty cool."

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R2-D2 even received a pretty formal welcoming from Michelle Obama.

Welcome to the @WhiteHouse, R2-D2. #StarWars

The characters were actually part of a screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the White House Family Theater, where President Obama and the First Lady were hosting Gold Star families.

Gold Star is an organization for military families who have lost loved ones.

Still, there were stormtroopers inside the White House. And. People. Had. Questions.

Crap the empire has taken over the White House! You know that's the dark side right?

Storm Troopers are at the White House. Does that mean Obama has joined the Empire? Where my Rebels at?

BREAKING: White House officially comes out as Pro Empire, storm troopers stand guard at press conference. #StarWars https://t.co/9chCrAU1dO

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Was the U.S. entering into diplomatic relations with the Empire?

Another day of negotiations at the White House with Empire leadership ends with no agreement.

The fact that R2-D2 was with stormtroopers created more questions.

So do this make the White House the Empire? is Earnest Vader? is Obama Vadar??!?! Why would R2D2 be w troopers?!? https://t.co/wUcVIo4B4G

And possible ramifications.

I would expect this photo from a White House-Galactic Empire conference announcing the arrest of R2D2 for treason. https://t.co/ZTfqABFCp8

Salvador Hernandez is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.

Contact Salvador Hernandez at salvador.hernandez@buzzfeed.com.

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