President Obama on 'Mythbusters': Will his death ray work?
President Obama's episode of Mythusters, aimed at getting teens interested in science and math, airs Wednesday night on the Discovery Channel.
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“Figure this out and report back to me,” says Obama to the Mythbusters at the beginning of tonight’s show.
We won’t spoil the ending for you, other than to say we would if we could, but we can’t because we haven’t seen the whole thing either.
Some have criticized Obama for wasting his time appearing on basic cable, especially since he recently appeared on Comedy Central’s “Daily Show” as well.
Well, Mythbusters is not exactly an MIT lecture series, but it does use the word “fulcrum” occasionally, and anything the president can do to get tweens and teens interested in science is a good thing, and worth it in our book. Tuesday saw the release of results from the latest round of PISA academic aptitude tests. US students made some progress in math and science, but still lag behind their global counterparts. Obama himself calls his challenge a “giant science project.”
Plus, presidents have been buffing up their image to look like regular guys for, oh, we’d say about two hundred years, give or take. Herbert Hoover got elected president in part because his campaign distributed lots of pictures of him playing with his dog. George W. Bush went on “Fishing with Roland Martin.” Caught a four-pound bass, too.
But the best argument for the appearance is this: it’s free Pentagon research. Do you not think the Department of Defense is interested finding out whether many giant mirrors reflecting the sun can produce one ray that might possibly burn up an Al Qaeda frigate if it sailed into San Francisco? You bet it is. And in today’s tough budget times, that’s research that might fall by the wayside, unless Mythbusters does it.