Obama Channels West Wing (Pass us a Big Block of Cheese, Please)

Obama Channels West Wing (Pass us a Big Block of Cheese, Please)

Obama Channels West Wing (Pass us a Big Block of Cheese, Please)

His starry-eyed fans wonder how he became such an adept orator. Was it Harvard Law School? Was it all of the brainiacs in his circle? Look no further for Barack Obama’s inspiration for last night’s “cure for cancer” portion of the SOTU-the answers are found in Hollywood ala The West Wing:

From the transcript:

You know, last year, Vice President Biden said that, with a new moon-shot, America can cure cancer. Last month, he worked with this Congress to give scientists at the National Institutes of Health the strongest resources that they’ve had in over a decade.

Well, so — so tonight, I’m announcing a new national effort to get it done. And because he’s gone to the mat for all of us on so many issues over the past 40 years, I’m putting Joe in charge of mission control.

For the loved ones we’ve all lost, for the families that we can still save, let’s make America the country that cures cancer once and for all. What do you think? Let’s make it happen.

From The 100,000 Airplanes episode of The West Wing:

“Over the past half-century, we’ve split the atom, we’ve spliced the gene, and we’ve roamed Tranquility Base. We’ve reached for the stars, and never have we been closer to having them in our grasp. New science, new technology is making the difference between life and death, and so we need a national commitment equal to this unparalleled moment of possibility. And so, I announce to you tonight, that I will bring the full resources of the federal government and the full reach of my office to this fundamental goal: we will cure cancer by the end of this decade.”

The similarity was so uncanny that Rob Lowe, who played Sam Seaborn in the show, tweeted this:

Not the first, and most certainly not the last time our POTUS decided to borrow from Hollywood and The West Wing. Today is “Big Block of Cheese Day” at The White House, in case you were wondering:

And all cheeseballs are following suit:

And so are the snarky remarks:

Big Block of Cheese Day was inspired by President Andrew Jackson’s 1837 open house featuring a 1,400-pound block of cheese. A nice sentiment in 1837, I am sure, but the current administration’s translation of it is…well…cheesy. But what can we expect from a president who sees the world as his stage and city sidewalks as his red carpet? To be honest, I am surprised that Michelle Obama’s “food police” are not cracking down on The White House for promoting a dense, high-in-fat food in the dairy group of the pyramid. Perhaps it should be known as “Bowl of Kale Day”? I know. It ain’t easy being cheesy. ORANGE you glad we have only one more year and seven days? (Nope, we’re not counting.)

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