Out in public, Obama turns the Bunsen burner up a notch, playing a combination of high school science teacher and math team cheerleader.
Last week, for example, the president announced that the White House would hold an annual science fair as part of a $260 million private push to improve math and science education.
“We’re going to show young people how cool science can be,” Obama said. “Scientists and engineers ought to stand side by side with athletes and entertainers as role models.”
It’s nice to hear that the President is genuinely interested in science, and it’s really good to see some relatively concrete efforts to boost science coming from the White House. The whole article is worth a read, even with the Star Trek framing.
What’s up with that picture, though? It’s like the AP was working from a scientist stereotype checklist. Regrettable fashion choices, check; slightly unkempt-looking hair, check; deranged facial expression, check, oh my, check!