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President Obama And The White House Marshmallow Cannon

February 8, 2012

On Tuesday President Obama hosted his second White House science fair, inviting students from across the country to demonstrate their accomplishments in science and math.

Obama was particularly impressed with an air cannon designed by 14 year-old Joey Hudy. The cannon, built by Hudy and powered by compressed air, can shoot marshmallows over 170 feet.

“Would it hit the wall over there?” asked the president of Hudy and his marshmallow cannon. “Would it stick? Lets try it.”

I would love to have Hudy build me a cannon!

What a great memory this young person can carry for a lifetime after his time with the President in the White House.

The reason for the interest by Obama in these types of learning moments is clear when placed on the larger template of the global economy.

In an increasingly globalized world, the Obama Administration recognizes that global development is vital to national security and is a strategic, economic, and moral imperative.  One of the cornerstones of our global development policy is a commitment to investments in game-changing innovations with the potential to solve long-standing development challenges in health, food security, environmental sustainability, and broad-based economic growth.  Innovation can play a key role in building a stable, inclusive global economy with new sources of prosperity, advancing democracy and human rights, and helping us to increase the ranks of prosperous, capable, and democratic states that can be our partners in the decades to come.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 9, 2012 2:19 PM

    I too think science fairs are wonderful, and give the kid a lot of credit for coming up with it. It was Obama milking it for all it was worth and then some – for him – not the kid…that disgusts me.

    If you are going to have a clown at an event like that – he should be dressed as a clown!! Think about it!! It does in fact look like a Dukakis tank moment, except Dukakis looked better doing it.

  2. Craig skip Weis permalink
    February 9, 2012 9:09 AM

    No, smoky3,
    I think science fairs are cool and fun having participated in one every year from 6th grade to Sr. in high school.
    Had some pretty good exhibits too and a few show off ribbons. Mostly with the coefficients of expansion induced by heat, [ input of energy, which is always 'heat'. Both using air and water/steam ]. And demonstrations of entropy, the loss of energy. Everything experiences energy loss naturally, which is why in physics we say, “Their is no renewable energy.”

    We don’t really need a marshmellow shooter with extended range, but it would be a blast to lob a marshmellow into the next room, reaching out and ‘touching’ someone. “Who me?” as I roll my eyes up and look away, real quick.

    Hudy is on a roll for a couple of reasons, One it encourages Hudy to keep going and maybe the next ‘Great Thing’ might just be by Hudy. And two because he met a president and had a moment with him. I think that will keep him in school and off drugs, and he’ll tend to live a better life. Not so much focused as mush as driven. What I’m trying to say, delicately is I don’t think we’ll see Hudy occupying something or marching for some B.S. cause. He’ll be too busy ‘tinkering’ with stuff and maybe earning some greenbacks.

    Good going buddy. skip.

  3. Mark E. Bye permalink
    February 8, 2012 11:11 PM

    Gawd, I hope this wasn’t his “Dukakis riding in the tank” moment! LOL!!!

  4. February 8, 2012 1:12 PM

    Ya, he’s impressed (That translates to nice photo-op).

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