Science in the White House

As the Presidency of Barack Hussein Obama draws to a close, I thought I’d remind everyone that he has been a tireless promoter of science for the past eight years. Among other things, he launched the BRAIN Initiative, the Precision Medicine Initiative, and he helped broker a global climate agreement in Paris. He privatized the space industry. He even published articles in the world’s most prestigious journals, including Science and The Journal of American Medical Association. There were smaller gestures, too. He filmed an introduction to the awesome Cosmos-reboot in 2014. He openly bragged about being a “geek” and a “nerd” when it came to science, and for the past seven years, he has hosted an annual (and wildly popular) Science Fair at the White House. The photo overhead was taken at the 2012 Science Fair, where 14-year-old Joey Hudy fired his marshmallow gun for an amazed Obama. It’s one of my favorite images from the Obama Presidency. To learn more about Obama’s love of science, check out this recent NY Times article.