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The White House is having a virtual "Big Block of Cheese Day"

And Josh Lyman and Will Bailey are involved. Kind of.

Bigger than this. And virtual.
Bigger than this. And virtual.
Image: Cheese via Shutterstock

FANS OF THE West Wing will be familiar with the concept of a “Big Block of Cheese Day”.

As told by erstwhile Chief of Staff Leo McGarry, the legend holds that the seventh President of the USA Andrew Jackson had a massive block of cheese in the foyer of the White House.

The cheese was there for anyone to eat, as Jackson wanted the White House to belong to the people. From time to time, he would invite people in to have an audience with himself and cabinet.

The tradition is immortalised in a Season One episode of White House drama The West Wing.

Now, the real White House is to hold a virtual version of the event.

(The White House/YouTube)

The video enlists West Wing alums Bradley Whitford (Josh Lyman) and Joshua Malina (Will Bailey) as well as White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.

On 29 January, Americans will have the chance to ask a number of their politicians questions about the state of the country by logging on to this website and through Twitter.

But, micro-blogging? The internet? We’re not sure Leo would’ve approved.

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