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Friday, January 24, 2014

"…And a Wheat Thin the Size of Lake Tahoe…"

As all true fans of The West Wing know:

LEO: Andrew Jackson, in the main foyer of the White House, had a big block of cheese. The block of cheese was huge.... The block of cheese was two-tons, and was there for any and all who might be hungry. It was there for the voiceless, the faceless...

And the line between fantasy and reality is again crossed:

The official poop:
President Obama has always been dedicated to the idea that the White House is truly "The People's House" and has worked to make 1600 Pennsylvania and his administration open and accessible.

This isn't a new idea, the same can be said of President Andrew Jackson. On February 22, 1837, President Jackson hosted an open house featuring a 1,400-pound block of cheese that sat in the main foyer of the White House. This original "Big Block of Cheese Day" opened the doors of the White House to thousands of citizens to interact with cabinet members and White House staff – and carve off a slice of the four foot by two foot thick slab of cheddar.

On Wednesday, January 29th, with a nod to history (and maybe the TV show the West Wing), the Obama Administration is hosting the first-ever virtual "Big Block of Cheese Day," during which dozens of White House officials will take to social media for a day long 'open house' to answers questions from everyday Americans in real-time on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram and via Google+ Hangout.

So be sure to visit to watch the State of the Union Address live on January 28, 2014 at 9 p.m. ET and stay tuned for a complete schedule of engagement events for virtual "Big Block of Cheese Day." You can start asking questions now using the hashtag #AsktheWH.
Somewhere, John Spencer has big grin on right about now.

Only one criticism--wrong hashtag. It should, of course, have been #CodeGouda

(Hat Tip--old friend Anthony Clark)

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