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Big Block of Cheese Day Is Back, and It's Feta Than Ever

For the second year in a row, we thought it'd be a gouda idea to brie-unite a certain cast of characters to help us bring back the 2nd annual Big Block of Cheese Day to the White House.

Here at the White House, we're dedicated to making President Obama's administration the most open and accessible in history. That's why, for the second year in a row, we thought it'd be a gouda idea to brie-unite a certain cast of characters to help us bring back a tradition that dates back to the days of President Andrew Jackson.

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.

This year, we aim to do even feta. On Wednesday, January 21, in fromage to President Jackson (and to President Bartlet, if you're a fan of The West Wing), we're hosting the second-annual virtual Big Block of Cheese Day, where members of the Obama administration will take to social media to answer your questions about the President's State of the Union address and the issues that are most important to you.

Log on to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr, and ask away using the hashtag #AskTheWH. We'll do our best to answer as many questions as we can.

So be sure to visit to watch the State of the Union address on January 20, 2015 at 9 p.m. ET and check out the schedule of all the ways you can engage on the following day, January 21. We camembert to think you'd miss it.

All day:

  • Share your questions on Tumblr now using the ask box
  • Post your questions in the comments on Facebook with #AskTheWH
  • Post a photo or video with your question on Instagram with #AskTheWH

From the road with President Obama: 

  • Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer - @Pfeiffer44
  • White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest - @PressSec
  • Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett - @VJ44
  • Communications Director Jen Palmieri - @JPalm44

9:15 a.m. ET: Housing in America

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. ET: General Overview and State of the Union Themes

  • Director of the Office of Public Engagement Paulette Aniskoff - @PAniskoff44
  • Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary - @Schultz44
  • Associate Communications Director Stephanie Young - @Stephanie44
  • Deputy Communications Director Amy Brundage - @Brundage44

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET: Education, Immigration, and Latino Issues

  • Dr. Jill Biden - @DrBiden
  • Director of the Domestic Policy Council Cecilia Muñoz - @Cecilia44
  • Executive Director of Reach Higher Eric Waldo - @ReachHigher
  • Director of Hispanic Media Katherine Vargas - @Vargas44
  • Deputy Director of Hispanic Media Antoinette Rangel - @LaCasaBlanca
  • Department of Education - @USEdGov

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET: Climate, Energy and Conservation

  • Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz - @ErnestMoniz
  • Special Assistant to the President for Energy & Climate Change - @Utech44
  • Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell – @SecretaryJewell
  • Department of Interior - @Interior
  • Environmental Protection Agency - @EPA
  • Department of Energy - @Energy

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET: Economic opportunity, infrastructure, minimum wage, and women's economic agenda

  • Member of the Council of Economic Advisers Betsey Stevenson - @CEABetsey
  • Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget - @DeeseOMB
  • Secretary of Labor Tom Perez - @LaborSec
  • Department of Labor - @USDOL
  • Department of Transportation - @USDOT
  • Counselor to the President John Podesta - @Podesta44 (climate)

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 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
  • OSTP Assistant Director for Strategic Communications and Senior Policy Analyst Kristin Lee - @Lee44

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Foreign Policy

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Health Care

  • Assistant Press Secretary Jessica Santillo - @Santillo44
  • Department of Health and Human Services - @HHSGov

The State of the Union 2015: Everything You Need to Know