If you find this one a little hard to wrap your mind around, you’re not alone. Even NBC News admits to the possibility that some readers will find the announcement confusing, at least those who don’t watch the TV show “The West Wing”:
Here’s the background: In the award-winning (fictional) show, the president’s chief of staff suggests an open house event in homage to President Andrew Jackson, who threw a kind of old-school happy hour of regular citizens and staff at the White House in 1837.
The main attraction at Jackson’s event, apparently: a 1,400 pound block of cheddar cheese, which attendees were welcome to snack upon in the main foyer.
The Obama administration found the idea, er, tasty enough to replicate.
On Friday, the White House announced its very first “Virtual Big Block of Cheese Day,” which will involve top administration officials answering the public’s questions via social media throughout the day on Wednesday, January 29.
Questions about cheese? Is the first lady aware that cheese is loaded with fat and cholesterol?
The announcement comes with a video featuring propaganda minister Jay Carney (who has since lost the bears) and two of the “West Wing’s” own actors, Bradley Whitford and Joshua Malina.
Tell me this isn’t the zaniest, most lovable president in the history of the world! (Hey, I asked you not to tell me.)