President Obama announced today at the White House science fair that he would be appearing on an upcoming episode of the Discovery Channel hit Mythbusters. The episode will test the legend that Greek scientist Archimedes set fire to the Roman fleet using the heat from a series of mirrors. On Twitter, reaction to the announcement was mixed, although not entirely for the reasons one might expect.
Deadline's Nikki Finke summed up most people's initial reaction to the news
He's Doing What?! Barack Obama To Appear On Discovery Channel's 'Mythbusters' http://dlvr.it/79lJV
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Gizmodo delivered the bad news to the birthers
Prez Obama to appear on TV's 'Mythbusters'. And no, it has nothing to do with his birth certificate. http://bit.ly/b66SJp
Whoa, Obama's gonna be on Mythbusters in December. Don't think it's gonna be about where he was born though. http://reut.rs/dBWLkp
The White House's official Twitter feed had some fun at the smart kids' expense
Noon: Obama speaks at the WH Science Fair. Whichever volcano spews the highest wins. J/K, it’s awesome: http://wh.gov/live
Mike Memoli of The Los Angeles Times provided a glimpse at the logic that motivated the decision
Obama: "I never miss a chance to see cool robots."
New York Daily News White House correspondent Ken Bazinet confirmed the inevitable GOP pushback
Discovery Channel says Pres Obama will appear on its "Mythbusters" show Dec. 8. GOP already making mischief over announcement. #2010
Comedian Mo Rocca would have preferred a different piece of stunt casting
John Boehner to appear on @MythBusters. Can Adam & Jamie prove that that shade of orange appears in natural world?
CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller wondered if the president would bust his campaign trail talking points
Tonight on Mythbusters: Do Republicans really sip Slurpees & lattes while watching Dems pull the economy out of a ditch?
ABC News White House correspondent Ann Compton thought the premise of the episode sounded familiar...
Obama Mythbusters spoiler alert Oct 2009 the Discv show busted the Archimedes myth. For a second time. Is Obama asking for a recount?
...concerns the show quickly dismissed
To all those noting that we've tested the Archimedes Death Ray before, we say...not like this!