If like me, you’re a fan of the West Wing TV series (and if you’ve never seen it, it’s worth a watch), you may recall an episode from early on in the first series, where the chief of staff Leo explains the story of Andrew Jackson and the Big Block of Cheese.
In the series, the tale is used to introduce an event where senior members of White House staff would meet with representatives of groups etc that would not normally get access to senior staff to answer questions or hear ideas from them.
Last year on Wednesday 29th January with a link to the series via a video that featured a few members of the cast of the West Wing, the White House held the first-ever virtual “Big Block of Cheese Day,” during which dozens of White House officials including President Obama took to social media for a day long ‘open house’ to answers questions from everyday Americans in real-time on Twitter, Facebook and other social media.
The result’s / questions asked are covered on a storify (that you can view by clicking here) and covered a whole range of topics from the minimum wage, to weather conditions, gun control and many other issues in between.
Last Wednesday (21st January) the White House held the second virtual ‘big block of cheese day’, and aimed at increase the impact of the event, put together the video above involving a lot more of the former cast of the West Wing.
If you visit the ‘big block of cheese day’ page on the White House website (you can do so by clicking here), you can see the range of folk made available to answer questions and comments, and I would imagine that similar to last year at some point a storify page will be put together to bring together the issues raised.
Now whilst I can’t guarantee the big block of cheese, and you don’t need to wait for a specific day I’m happy to try and answer any questions that you may have – and if folk would be interested I’d be happy to look at trying to arrange some sort of local version, either way if you have an issue to raise please get in touch, you can click here for details of how to or click the facebook, twitter etc links on the right hand side of the page for other ways.