The staff participates in “Big Block of Cheese Day”, a fictional workday on which White House Chief of StaffLeo McGarry encourages his staff to meet with fringe special interest groups that normally would not get attention from the White House. Big Block of Cheese Day also is mentioned in “Somebody’s Going to Emergency, Somebody’s Going to Jail.”
The rationale for the day, as recounted by McGarry (much to the consternation of the Senior Staff), is that America’s seventh president, Andrew Jackson, had a two-ton block of cheese in the White House foyer from which everyone was welcome to eat. This symbolized the openness of the White House to the American people.White House Communications DirectorToby Ziegler derisively refers to the day as “Throw Open Our Office Doors To People Who Want To Discuss Things That We Could Care Less About Day”, and Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman refers to it as “Total Crackpot Day”.
My random lunatic issue suggestion (you can read everybody’s here) was mandatory lighting/glow-in-the-dark-ing of address numbers, because have you ever tried to find a suburban house with one of those lovely old-fashioned plates on the door with the numbers in a delicate brass font in the fucking dark?
You wind up looking like a stalker/cat burglar and/or being lost for hours, driving around peering up people’s driveways. It makes me goddamn crazy. How hard is this? The numbers are there so visitors bearing food and beer can find your place. Or so paramedics can bring the ambulance to the right spot. Wouldn’t you want those folks to know where you are? GRRR.
What’s your Big Block of Cheese issue?