Is Obama's 'Mythbusters' Appearance Worth His Time?

President Barack Obama's highly anticipated appearance on the Discovery Channel series Mythbusters airs tonight. It's the latest pop culture stop for the entertainer-in-chief—as Slate's Troy Patterson calls Obama—following his most recent TV appearance six weeks ago on The Daily Show. But is this Mythbusters appearance worth his presidential time?

It happens that Obama is appearing on the show the day after the release of the latest Pisa study by the OECD, that triennial reaffirmation of the fact that American teenagers are, globally speaking, C students at math and science. "Nothing's more important to our country's future than getting young people engaged with math and science," this TV president tells these TV personalities. He and his daughters therefore approve of the show's patented way of testing urban legends, folkloric tidbits, and pop-culture conveniences. "You blow things up, which is always cool," he adds. The implicit promise is that the show--a heaping spoonful of sugar--is worth the president's time because there are at least trace amounts of medicine in it.

Read the full story at Slate.

Here is a preview of his appearance, during which he challenges the hosts to reconstruct Archimedes' solar ray:



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Kevin Fallon is a reporter for the Daily Beast. He's a former entertainment editor at TheWeek.com and former writer and producer for The Atlantic's entertainment channel.

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