Peter Parker, Bruce Wayne Among Student Interns Listed On WH Economic Report

Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers Kevin Hassett speaks about the economy during a press briefing at the White House June 5, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo credit sho... Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers Kevin Hassett speaks about the economy during a press briefing at the White House June 5, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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WASHINGTON (AP) — This year’s Economic Report of the President credits an unusual group of interns that includes the alter egos of Batman, Spider-Man and Captain America, Monty Python alumnus John Cleese, Kathryn Janeway from “Star Trek: Voyager” and the corpulent Star Wars villain Jabba the Hutt.

These names are credited with helping to assemble the 711-page report issued Tuesday on the health of the U.S. economy and President Donald Trump’s economic agenda.

The names appear to be following a similar prank in the intern listing for the 2018 report, in which “Star Trek” luminaries James T. Kirk and Jean-Luc Picard worked for the White House Council of Economic Advisers.

The Twitter account maintained by the council acknowledged the joke Tuesday afternoon.

“Thank you for noticing, our interns are indeed super heroes!” the tweet said. “We’ve thought so all along, but we knew it’d take a little more to get them the attention they deserve. They have made significant contributions to the Economic Report of the President and do so every day at CEA.”

Not all the interns listed are superheroes to be celebrated. In the Star Wars franchise, Jabba the Hutt is a galactic crime lord who tried unsuccessfully to feed Luke Skywalker to the Sarlacc, a sharp-toothed beast that lived in a sand pit.

Martha Gimbel, researcher director for the jobs site Indeed, discovered the list of dubious interns and posted a screenshot of it to Twitter.

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  1. Steve Rogers?

    Former Montreal Expos pitchers as well it would seem…

  2. To hell with all those other folks… How did nobody notice Jon Snow?

  3. And like all GOP jokes and pranks, this one was also astonishingly unfunny.

  4. Details matter. I once had a professor that gave an assignment to write a report using references with footnotes. A fellow student had buried in one of her footnotes the phrase “If you read this I will buy you a steak dinner.” Upon grading and handing back the papers the Professor made no comment but when the class was over, he noted in passing that Ms X owed him a steak dinner. We ALL learned from that experience.

  5. Avatar for tsp tsp says:

    What else in the WH Economic Report is also fake?

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