Obama on ‘Mythbusters’ TV Show – What’s Up With That?

MythBustersPeter Grier wonders why Obama feels the need to follow Sarah Palin onto a Discovery TV show, in the Christian Science Monitor:

President Obama is scheduled to appear on the December 8 episode of “MythBusters,” a Discovery Channel reality show. What’s up with that? Is Mr. Obama just trying to match Sarah Palin, who is getting her own show on Discovery-affiliated TLC?

Well, maybe. But the stated point of Obama’s star turn with Jamie Hyneman, Adam Savage, and the rest of the “MythBuster” gang is to promote science and math education. Monday is science fair day at the White House – besides officially announcing his television appearance, Obama will play host to the winners of a range of science and math competitions, from the Intel Science and Engineering Fair to the Team America Rocketry Challenge…

Obama is going to appear in an episode titled “Archimedes Solar Ray.” He’ll challenge Jamie and Adam to examine an ancient Greek legend that scientist Archimedes set fire to an invading Roman fleet using only mirrors and the reflected rays of the sun.

We can’t wait – will Obama wear a toga? Will he hold up a big magnifying glass and light fire to a sheet of poll numbers to show the gang how it’s done?…

[continues at the Christian Science Monitor]

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  • Haystack

    I’d rather have a president who promotes science on television than one who rejects it for contradicting the Bible.

    • Hmmmm

      Yeah, but this kinda keeps on proving that Obama is a corporate media sideshow distraction… Doesn’t he have….ummm….. bigger concerns at this point in time? Oh, thats right, hes just a puppet, on with the show folks!

  • Haystack

    I’d rather have a president who promotes science on television than one who rejects it for contradicting the Bible.

  • Hadrian999

    didn’t they already do an episode on the solar ray?
    or was that another show?

  • Hadrian999

    didn’t they already do an episode on the solar ray?
    or was that another show?

  • Liam_McGonagle

    That’s cool.

    But I am left to wonder about Palin’s gig. This was the first I’d ever heard of it. Is it gonna be on during “Shark Week”?

  • Liam_McGonagle

    That’s cool.

    But I am left to wonder about Palin’s gig. This was the first I’d ever heard of it. Is it gonna be on during “Shark Week”?

  • Liam_McGonagle

    Yeah–Mythbusters did that on like season 1 or season 2.

    Maybe this is just a “clip” show, and they’ll just intercut the Obama footage with the archive material.

  • Word Eater

    I know they’ve tested it at least twice.

    Found them on the wikipedia episode guide.

    “Ancient Death Ray” here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_MythBusters_episodes#2004_season

    “Archimedes Death Ray” here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_MythBusters_episodes#2006_season

  • Hmmmm

    Yeah, but this kinda keeps on proving that Obama is a corporate media sideshow distraction… Doesn’t he have….ummm….. bigger concerns at this point in time? Oh, thats right, hes just a puppet, on with the show folks!

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