Remember how much you wanted to be president when you were a kid? In fact, you wanted to be a fireman/rabbi/veterinarian/president. Sort of like Plato’s philosopher king, but with first aid training, Jews, and puppies. It doesn’t seem as good of an idea now though, the whole being president thing. There are people dying all over the place, all the money is missing and apparently the planet is melting. Turns out, there’s a relatively small amount of time you get to commit as president towards making soda come out of water fountains. But, there is still one very awesome thing about being president. You get to call up television and tell it what you want on television. From the New York Times Online:
In an episode of “Mythbusters” on the Discovery Channel to be shown on Dec. 8, President Obama will help determine whether the Greek scientist Archimedes really set fire to an invading Roman fleet using only mirrors and the reflected rays of the sun.
“Mythbusters” has already tried to test this myth. In 2006, with the help of some students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the show declared the myth “busted” because it took far too long for any reflected light to ignite a fire on a distant ship.
But apparently, Mr. Obama wants them to try again.
“Did Greek scientist and polymath Archimedes set fire to an invading Roman fleet using only mirrors and the reflected rays of the sun?” a press release for the show asks. “Will Adam and Jamie be able to pull this off, or will they have to report back to the president that they failed?”
That is great. Now, obviously, this is P.R. and a thing that went through the press secretary’s office, but it’s much more fun to imagine Obama watching that original episode of Mythbusters and being like, “Nope! No, not satisfied. Call the Mythbusters and have them redo the ship-mirror-fire thing. I am a president.”
Wait, hold on, guys. I’m getting a phone call. Oh, it’s Obama. He wants me to post that Mythbusters GIF. Dude’s getting a little micro-manage-y with the presidential perks.