Gall-Peters Projection

The Obama administration is holding a virtual public forum for the second year in a row next week, and the principal cast of The West Wing came together again to voice their support for the idea in a video from the White House.

The idea pays “fromage” to President Andrew Jackson, who turned the White House into an open house on Feb. 22, 1837, offering the American public the opportunity to visit 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and discuss the issues of the day with the president and his staff. Jackson had a 1,400-pound block of cheddar cheese hauled in for the event, and visitors could take a piece of it home with them.