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Big Block of Cheese Day: Answering the Nation's Questions

A day after the President delivered his sixth State of the Union address, the White House is opening up and answering your questions. In our second annual Big Block of Cheese Day, Cabinet Officials, Administrators, and other White House Officials are sitting down to answer your questions.

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. 

Here's What The Nation Has Been Asking: 

Dr. Jill Biden

The First Lady's Reach Higher Initiative 

Secretary of State John Kerry

Special Advisor to the President, Valerie Jarrett

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell

BBOC Jewell

Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx


Secretary of Labor Tom Perez

BBOC Perez

Counselor to the President, John Podesta 

Deputy National Security Advisor, Ben Rhodes

Director of White House Domestic Policy Council, Cecilia Munoz

Director of Hispanic Media, Katherine Vargas

Deputy Press Secretary, Eric Schultz

Director of the Office of Public Engaagement, Paulette Aniskoff

Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Brian Deese

Assistant Communications Director, Stephanie Young

Department of State

Environmental Protection Agency 

Economic Adviser to the President, Betsy Stevenson

Department of Education

Department of Energy 

Deputy Asst. to the President for Energy and Climate Change, Dan Utech

OSTP Asst. Director for Strategic Communications and Senior Policy Analyst, Kristen Lee

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.