Just how many cheesy cheese related puns can be included in one two minute clip or a 250 word press release? Well quite a number based on the latest White House campaign for the Obama administration’s second annual Big Block of Cheese Day, and they’ve brought along some West Wing friends to help them with the feta-vities.
With the aim to be “the most open and accessible [admission] in history, President Obama has brought back Big Block of Cheese Day. A tradition that harkens back to President Andrew Jackson’s administration, Big Block of Cheese Day provides an opportunity for the people that the government represents to have a chance to discuss the issues of the day with members of the government.
In what was one of the funniest episodes from The West Wing’s second season (“”Somebody’s Going to Emergency, Somebody’s Going to Jail”), being the loveable history nerd that he is, President “Jed” Bartlet (Martin Sheen) hosts his annual Big Block of Cheese Day. Luckily for his Chief of Staff, Leo McGarry (John Spencer), he got the job of informing the staffers (and the viewers) what the big fuss was all about. Check out his explanation below.
In short, on February 22, 1837, President Jackson had a 1,400-pound block of cheese hauled into the main foyer of the White House for an open house with thousands of citizens and his staff, where they discussed the issues of the day while carving off slabs of cheddar.
Obviously the cast were big fans of this episode (or else just love themselves some cheese) because they came together once again, along with Press Secretary Josh Earnest, to promote this year’s day.
Last year’s event brought back Bradley Whitford (Josh Lyman) and Joshua Malina (Will Bailey) together for a promo video. This year many more of the major cast members have joined them: Sheen, Allison Janney (CJ Cregg), Dulé Hill (Charlie Young), Richard Schiff (Toby Zeigler), and Mary McCormack (Kate Harper).
Check out the clip below, and count along with me the number of cheese puns.
My count is eight.
It’s so good to see this crowd reunited, if only for two+ minutes. The comedy is spot on (“Is that Janney?” “You feta believe it” and “So like Reddit?” “Well yeah, but without the weird stuff”), the camaraderie appears effortless, and to hear that classic Allison Janney laugh again… brings back so many West Wing memories.
Could this be the video that they were filming earlier this week at the Funny or Die set? The clothing seems to match up. Either way, we can never have too much of The West Wing, and I’m excited to nibble on whatever slices we’re given.
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