It's been almost nine years since "The West Wing" went off the air, but thankfully, the iconic show's cast members are continuing their civic service by getting together for the second annual Virtual Big Block of Cheese Day.
Taken from the fifth episode of the show's first season, which originally aired in 1999, Big Block of Cheese Day will mirror its fictional inspiration. On the show, the White House staff took the day to meet with special interest groups. This year, in a 21st century rendition, the White House will open itself to questions on Twitter via the hashtag #AskTheWH.
When writing the episode "The Crackpots and These Women," scriptwriter Aaron Sorkin took inspiration from two real-life events: in 1802, a 1,234-pound block of cheese was transported on a sleigh from Chesire, Massachusetts, to the White House as a gift to President Thomas Jefferson. And in 1837, Andrew Jackson's supporters sent him an even bigger block of cheese, which he shared with the public during an open house. That 1,400-pound cheese disappeared in just two hours.
For the second annual Big Block of Cheese Day, which will take place on January 21 the day after President Obama's State of the Union Address, the cast of the West Wing got together on a conference call with White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest to strategize and, of course, make groan-worthy cheese puns. Watch the promo for the social media event below.