It’s The State Of The Union And The White House Prepares A Big Block Of Cheese, Virtually

It’s The State Of The Union And The White House Prepares A Big Block Of Cheese, Virtually
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In case you weren’t aware, the White House has been in love with cheese since 1837. It’s been a tradition to hold a sort of cheese party following the State of the Union and this year is no exception. So following President Obama’s final State of the Union address, the White House says it will be hosting the Big Block of Cheese Day.


Back in 1837, President Andrew Jackson held an open house at the White House and entertained all sorts of questions from guest while enjoying a 1,400 pound block of cheese. Nowadays, the White House no longer puts out a gigantic block of cheese in the middle of room. Rather, it holds the cheese party virtually where everyone can participate and ask their questions. And you better believe it, the White House can’t wait for the Big Block of Cheese day. They even asked if you can’t too, “Excited? So are brie.”

For this gouda, brie, gruyère and feta occasion, the White House says it will also be inviting some Cabinet officials, Senior White House officials and members of the Congress for this special cheese event taking place on social media for an entire day. Of course, you have to watch the State of the Union address first that is happening at 9 p.m. ET. And then, the next day (January 13), take to Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Instagram using #BigBlockOfCheeseDay to post your questions. It can even be with photos and videos.

Meanwhile, here’s a list of everyone you can ask questions from during the Big Block of Cheese Day along with their schedule:

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On The Road:

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest – @PressSec

Throughout the Day:

-First Lady Michelle Obama – @FLOTUS
-Chief of Staff Denis McDonough – @Denis44
-Communications Director Jen Psaki – @Psaki44
-Senior Advisor David Simas – @Simas44
-Vice President Joe Biden – @VP

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. ET: General State of the Union Overview:

-Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary – @Schultz44
-Director of Public Engagement Paulette Aniskoff – @PAniskoff44
-Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett – @VJ44

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET: Economic Opportunity:

-Chairman of Council of Economic Advisers Jason Furman – @CEAChair
-Senior Advisor Shaun Donovan – @ShaunOMB
-Secretary of Labor Tom Perez – @LaborSec
-Department of Labor – @USDOL
-Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx – @SecretaryFoxx
-Leader Nancy Pelosi – @NancyPelosi
-Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro – @SecretaryCastro
-Department of Housing and Urban Development – @HUDgov

1:00 p.m. ET: Education, Immigration and Latino Issues

-Acting Secretary of Education John King – @JohnKingatEd
-Executive Director of Reach Higher Eric Waldo – @ReachHigher
-Director of the Domestic Policy Council Cecilia Muñoz – @Cecilia44
-Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden – @DrBiden
-La Casa Blanca – @LaCasaBlanca

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET: Climate, Energy and Conservation

-Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz – @ErnestMoniz
-Department of Energy – @Energy
-Special Assistant to the President for Energy & Climate Change Dan Utech – @Utech44
-Department of Interior – @Interior
-Environmental Protection Agency – @EPA
-EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy – @GinaEPA
-Council on Environmental Quality – @WhiteHouseCEQ
-Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs Rohan Patel – @Rohan44
-Assistant White House Press Secretary – @Benenati44
-Senior Director for Energy and Climate Change Paul Bodnar – @FactsOnClimate

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

-Director of the Office of Science & Technology Policy Dr. John Holdren – @WhiteHouseOSTP
-U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith – @USCTO
-Bobak “Mohawk Guy” Ferdowsi – @NASA
-Deputy U.S. CTO for Data Policy and Chief Data Scientist DJ Patil – @DJ44

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Foreign Policy

-National Security Council – @NSCPress
-Department of State – @StateDept
-Representative Seth Moulten – @sethmoulton
-Senior Advisor Rob Malley – @RobMalley44
-Department of Veterans Affairs – @DeptVetAffairs

5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. ET: Health care

-Assistant Press Secretary Katie Hill – @Hill44
-Department of Health and Human Services – @HHSGov
-Special Assistant to the President and Director of Rapid Response Jesse Lee – @JesseCLee44
-Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell – @SecBurwell

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. ET: Social Justice

-Senator Cory Booker – @CoryBooker
-Senator Richard Blumenthal – @SenBlumenthal