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It's That Time of Gruyère: Big Block of Cheese Day Is Back

For the third year in a row, we’re brie-ing back Big Block of Cheese Day at the White House.

Big Block of Cheese Day It’s that time of gruyère again: After President Obama gives his final State of the Union address on Tuesday night we’re inviting Cabinet officials, members of Congress, Senior White House officials and special guests for a day-long engagement event on social media – inspired by President Andrew Jackson’s 1837 open house featuring a 1,400-pound block of cheese.

For all those West Wing fans out there, or if you joined in years past, this isn’t new to you, but just in case you need more of an explainer, watch this.

Excited? So are brie.

Next Wednesday, January 13 starting at 10:00 am ET, you can join us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr, and ask your questions (and send us your gouda cheese puns) using #BigBlockOfCheeseDay:

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

And don’t forget: Go to to watch the State of the Union address on January 12, 2016 at 9 p.m. ET and check out the schedule below for a full list of everyone you can send questions to the following day, January 13. We feta see you there – and don’t forget to ask your questions using #BigBlockOfCheeseDay.

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
  • Director of the Office of Political Strategy and Outreach - @Simas44

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

Twitter Live Chat on Periscope with Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett - @VJ44

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

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

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
  • ​Chief Digital Officer Jason Goldman - @Goldman44
  • Deputy Director of Digital Strategy Kori Schulman - @KS44​

4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. ET: Transportation 

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET: Foreign Policy

4:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. ET: Cancer Moonshot

  • Vice President Joe Biden - @VP

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

See more on this year's State of the Union: