On February 22, 1837, President Andrew 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.
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 bring back this long-standing tradition.
So today, for the second-annual virtual Big Block of Cheese Day, White House officials have been spending their day on social media to directly answer your questions using the hashtag #AskTheWH.
.@tntucky To make college more affordable, we've ↑ Pell Grants, expanded education tax credits & capped federal student loan payments.— Dr. Jill Biden (@DrBiden) January 21, 2015
.@DanaKkP POTUS supports HealthyFamiliesAct which wld give employees paid sick days for their own illness/preventative care or for sick fam— Valerie Jarrett (@vj44) January 21, 2015
.@NationalAction We need more diversity in transportation fields, repairing past mistakes with 21st century design and improve public input— Anthony Foxx (@SecretaryFoxx) January 21, 2015
.@hcjohnsoniv Speed up projects (saving $), increase federal investment (growing jobs) and help states focus investments that grow jobs.— Anthony Foxx (@SecretaryFoxx) January 21, 2015
You can learn more about the second annual Big Block of Cheese Day here. You can also get involved by checking out what's happening at the White House on Twitter, Facebook, or other social media platforms.