‘Star Wars’ actor Mark Hamill stops by the White House to visit ‘Joe-bi-Wan Kenobi’

WASHINGTON (AP) — “Star Wars” actor Mark Hamill stopped by the White House Friday to visit President Joe Biden and left with a pair of the president’s aviator sunglasses and greater respect for the office.

“I love the merchandise,” he said, removing his glasses during a brief appearance at the daily White House press briefing following his visit with Biden. Hamill, 72, famous for playing Luke Skywalker, joked with reporters that he would answer some questions as long as they weren’t about “Star Wars.”

“It was an honor to be asked to come to the White House to meet with the president,” he said. He has been to the White House before, during the Carter and Obama administrations, but he had never visited the Oval Office, and that was extraordinary, she said. Biden showed photographs and other items from the Oval Office, Hamill said.

Hamill said Biden told him to call him “Joe,” to which Hamill offered an alternative suggestion: “Can I call you Joe-bi-Wan Kenobi?”

“He liked that,” said Hamill, who also voiced the Joker in “Batman: The Animated Series.”

Both Hamill and the White House were vague about the reason for his visit. But Hamill, a Democrat and Biden supporter with a large social media following, has been posting about the president’s re-election campaign this week.

“May the first one not quench your thirst for Biden’s re-election!” he wrote on May 1.

On Friday he posted: “Let it be absurd on day three that the guy who tried to steal a fair election is allowed to run again,” in reference to Donald Trump and his efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

May 4 is unofficially “Star Wars” Day, in part because of the famous Jedi phrase “May the force be with you.” The pun says: “May the four be with you.”

Hamill also lent his voice to “Air Alert,” a downloadable app linked to Ukraine’s air defense system. His voice urges people to take cover every time Russia unleashes another aerial bombardment on Ukraine.