04/04/2012 16:29 BST | Updated 04/04/2012 17:27 BST

Barack Obama Meets Star Trek's Lieutenant Uhura In The White House (PHOTO)

Live long and prosper Mr President. Barack Obama got a boost to his re-election campaign last month when Star Trek's Lieutenant Uhura, aka Nichelle Nichols, beamed into the Oval Office.

Nichols played the character in the original 1960s Star Trek television programme and subsequent films alongside William Shatner's Captain Kirk and Leonard Nimoy's Spock.

Obama and Nichols' Uhura can both claim to have made important first steps for African Americans in the US.

While the president is the first black man to hold the office, Nichols famously shared the first scripted inter-racial kiss, with Shatner, on American TV in the 1968 episode 'Plato's Stepchildren'.

This picture was taken on 29 February when Nichols was in Washington DC to attend a NASA event, and she had been waiting for it in the post since.

During her visit she tweeted that Obama was "as charming and handsome as I had expected" and that the president confirmed he was a fan of the sci-fi show.

Obama also revealed that he had a crush on Nichols when he was younger.

It is of course, not the first time Uhura has been seen with a US president, having met Abraham Lincoln in the 1969 episode 'The Savage Curtain':