The Empire Strikes Back was placed in the Film Registry at the Library of Congress back in 2010, to be preserved in the history of our country. On July 10th, George Lucas, among others, were awarded for their contribution to the world of arts. Reflecting back on the first time that President Obama had seen Star Wars, he said
“I remember when I first saw ‘Star Wars,’” he said, chuckling. “There’s a whole generation that thinks special effects always look like they do today. But it used to be you’d see, like, the string on the little model spaceships.”
“I’m being led astray,” he told the audience at the formal White House ceremony.
Along with other literary arts, George Lucas was among them that received a national award for arts and humanities. Star Wars has made a huge impact on the world, it has become part of our pop culture and quoted in most TV Shows, movies, and lyrics. There are communities that have based their lives off of Star Wars and has given them a way to define themselves. President Obama goes on to say
“…they are teachers. Whether they realize it or not, they’ve taught us about ourselves and about our world.”
“Because the arts and the humanities aren’t just a source of entertainment, they challenge us to think and to question and to discover, to seek that inward significance – and that helps us grow and to change and to reach new heights, and to understand each other at a time when the world is constantly crying for the capacity to bridge that gap and speak to people who aren’t like us,”