April 14th, 2011
06:26 PM ET

Science showdown with first lady and Dr. Biden

WASHINGTON (CNN) - With bragging rights on the line, students at a Colorado high school did battle with their military parents in a science competition on Thursday. The event was hosted by first lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, as they continued their cross country tour to promote their recently launched initiative supporting military families.

Mrs. Obama and Biden were joined at the event at Fountain-Fort Carson High School in Colorado Springs by Jamie Hyneman and Grant Imahara from the Discovery Channel program “MythBusters.” The two, who host a program that tests the scientific accuracy of various stories and myths, were split up to serve as an adviser to each team. “If you lose, don’t blame the Mythbusters,” the first lady joked as she kicked off the competition.

The event was used to highlight the new initiative, “Joining Forces,” whose efforts include a push to increase interest in math and science at schools serving military children. Such courses “open up a whole new world,” for future careers in medicine, engineering, and business Mrs. Obama said in her remarks before the competition got underway.

The program, launched at a White House ceremony on Tuesday, aims to support military families by marshaling the resources of communities, businesses, non-profits, philanthropic, and government organizations across the country. Retired General Stanley McChrystal, who was relieved of his command over forces in Afghanistan last year by President Obama, serves as an adviser.

Mrs. Obama and Biden spent two days visiting military communities in North Carolina, Texas, Colorado, and Ohio to promote their new initiative.

This was not the first Obama encounter with "MythBusters." President Obama appeared on the show last year in an effort to solve the legend of Archimedes' solar ray.


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  1. A. Moore

    A big thank you to the First Lady and Dr. Biden for what they are doing. Let me also thank our military men and women for all they do to keep our country safe. And thanks to the families of these men and women for their service also. What Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Biden are doing have started me to think and see what I can do to lend a hand in some small way to a military famlly, just to say thank you and let them know that what they do is greatly appreciated too.

    April 15, 2011 at 9:04 am |
    • Howard

      DO YOU WANT 4 MORE YEARS OF THIS ???

      Obama has spent more American tax money in the first two years of his Presidency, than all the Presidents before him, COMBINED !!! ... and, he still is pushing to spend TRILLIONS more !!!

      Here are just a few examples of how Obama is ruining our economy:

      2009 GAS $1.83 per gallon TODAY $4.00 + per gallon
      2009 SOYBEANS $9.66 TODAY $13.75
      2009 SUGAR $$13.37 TODAY $35.39
      2009 UNEMPLOYMENT RATE BLACKS 12.6% TODAY 15.8%
      2009 NUMBER OF LONG TERM UNEMPLOYED 2,600,000 TODAY 6,400,000
      2009 PEOPLE IN POVERTY IN U.S. 39,800,000 TODAY 43,600,000
      2009 NATIONAL DEBT IN TRILLIONS $10,627 TODAY $14,052
      Just take this last item: In the last two years we have accumulated national debt at a rate more than 27 times as fast as during the rest of our entire nation's history. Over 27 times as fast! Metaphorically, speaking, if you are driving in the right lane doing 65 MPH and a car rockets past you in the left lane 27 times faster . . . it would be doing 1,755 MPH! This is a disaster!
      Sources:
      (1) U.S. Energy Information Administration; (2) Wall Street Journal; (3) Bureau of Labor Statistics; (4) Census Bureau; (5) USDA; (6) U.S. Dept. of Labor; (7) FHFA; (8) Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller; (9) RealtyTrac; (10) Heritage Foundation and WSJ; (11) The Conference Board; (12) FDIC; (13) Federal Reserve; (14) U.S. Treasury

      April 16, 2011 at 12:46 am |
  2. Guy Montag

    Mary Tillman was critical of President Obama’s 2009 nomination of Gen. McChrystal and the bipartisan Congressional failure to hold him accountable for his central role in the Army’s cover-up of Pat Tillman’s friendly fire death.
    In May 2004, Gen. McChrystal supervised the writing of Pat Tillman’s fraudulent Silver Star and the cover-up of his friendly-fire death by the Ranger RGT officers. Over the next five years, the ensuing Army & Congressional “investigations” were part of the bi-partisan whitewash which “exonerated” Gen. McChrystal and others involved of wrong-doing.

    To learn more, I’d suggest Mary Tillman’s book “Boots on the Ground by Dusk” (revised paperback edition with a new forward at blurb.com), Jon Krakauer’s paperback edition “Where Men Win Glory” (although a flawed bio, it has details on McChrystal’s role in the Army’s cover-up), the fine documentary “The Tillman Story,” and my Feral Firefighter blog at http://www.feralfirefighter.blogspot.com

    Last June, I posted “The Emperor’s General” which discussed President Obama’s role in the whitewash of Gen. McChrystal. Last August, I posted “The [Untold] Tillman Story” which discussed how a bi-partisan Congressional effort shielded McChrystal from accountability (and also the role of NYT reporter Thom Shanker and CNAS’s Andrew Exum).

    Ironically, although Center for a New American Security (CNAS) will run the “Joining Forces” program, their Fellow Andrew Exum contributed to McChrystal’s whitewash with his biased book review of Jon Krakauer’s book for the Washington Post (he failed to fully disclose his professional and personal conflicts of interests with McChrystal).

    And here's an excerpt from his June 2, 2009 post "Confirm Him" blogging as Abu Mugawama (cnas.org): “The bottom line is, nothing is ever going to heal the wounds inflicted on the Tillman Family … And while I have nothing but respect for the Tillman Family…, their personal grief should not be a veto on the nomination of the man [Gen. Stanley McChrystal] … These are serious questions and are more important than either the death of Pat Tillman or the alleged abuse of detainees.”

    Considering their past betrayal of the Tillman family, it appears that Gen. McChrystal and CNAS are a poor choice to run the “Joining Forces” program to take care of our military veterans and their families.

    April 15, 2011 at 11:51 am |
  3. T Djukanovic

    I would like to know why the writer refers to the First Lady with lower case letters....it could be called a Freudian slip. CNN tends to do alot of that. The FLOTUS deserves better

    April 15, 2011 at 7:22 pm |
  4. Liz Carter in Georgia

    When complaints are lodged against BUSH decisons and failed policies, we are always reminded that the DEMS were in the majority! Well, aren't the REPUBLICANS in the majority? How can that one man be accused of all that you have listed all by himself? I didn't realize he carried that much weight; your people have systematically worked against him on just about everything and won! The bills that did pass, by the grace of GOD, are being appealed by his GOP adversaries, and media claiming to called them back!

    April 16, 2011 at 9:04 am |
    • Howard

      Obama has spent more American tax money in the first two years of his Presidency, than all the Presidents before him, COMBINED !!! ... and, he still is pushing to spend TRILLIONS more !!!

      Here are just a few examples of how Obama is ruining our economy:

      2009 GAS $1.83 per gallon TODAY $4.00 + per gallon
      2009 SOYBEANS $9.66 TODAY $13.75
      2009 SUGAR $$13.37 TODAY $35.39
      2009 UNEMPLOYMENT RATE BLACKS 12.6% TODAY 15.8%
      2009 NUMBER OF LONG TERM UNEMPLOYED 2,600,000 TODAY 6,400,000
      2009 PEOPLE IN POVERTY IN U.S. 39,800,000 TODAY 43,600,000
      2009 NATIONAL DEBT IN TRILLIONS $10,627 TODAY $14,052
      Just take this last item: In the last two years we have accumulated national debt at a rate more than 27 times as fast as during the rest of our entire nation's history. Over 27 times as fast! Metaphorically, speaking, if you are driving in the right lane doing 65 MPH and a car rockets past you in the left lane 27 times faster . . . it would be doing 1,755 MPH! This is a disaster!
      Sources:
      (1) U.S. Energy Information Administration; (2) Wall Street Journal; (3) Bureau of Labor Statistics; (4) Census Bureau; (5) USDA; (6) U.S. Dept. of Labor; (7) FHFA; (8) Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller; (9) RealtyTrac; (10) Heritage Foundation and WSJ; (11) The Conference Board; (12) FDIC; (13) Federal Reserve; (14) U.S. Treasury

      April 16, 2011 at 11:50 am |
      • mike

        correct me if I am wrong but, isnt the budget the responsibility of congress. Did'nt the democrats control congress in 2009 and the republicans take over in 2010 ???? Just saying

        April 17, 2011 at 9:55 pm |
    • John

      But remember, the Dems had full control of congress from 06-10. THye failed to pass the budget when they had a chance. SO, its not only Obama, its also the Demacrats.

      April 17, 2011 at 8:42 am |
  5. Scott

    Ok this idiot named howard with his examples of gloom and doom,is he trying to show how much he belives in our country or is he a sideshow freak that was let out of a nut house yes i am insulting him and anyone like him that wants to use push pole tactics to get thier point across to be fair and openminded is one thing but to resort to this gloom and doom is going over the edge if you ask me any professional in the news will tell you allways check your sources so you dont end up sounding like a idiot like ahhhh i dont know oh yeah howard.

    April 16, 2011 at 11:58 pm |
  6. Scott

    Oh yeah to Liz Carter in Georgia a big thankyou i overlooked your post and for that im sorry,i enjoyed it very much sounded like the truth to me but what do i know im just a regan surviver from the trickle down 80's era thanks again.

    April 17, 2011 at 12:01 am |
  7. Howard

    SAVE AMERICA – RESTORE OUR ECONOMY
    VOTE FOR DONALD TRUMP IN 2012 !!!

    Obama has spent more American tax money in the first two years of his Presidency, than all the Presidents before him, COMBINED !!! ... and, he still is pushing to spend TRILLIONS more !!!

    Here are just a few examples of how Obama is ruining our economy:

    2009 GAS $1.83 per gallon TODAY $4.00 + per gallon
    2009 SOYBEANS $9.66 TODAY $13.75
    2009 SUGAR $$13.37 TODAY $35.39
    2009 UNEMPLOYMENT RATE BLACKS 12.6% TODAY 15.8%
    2009 NUMBER OF LONG TERM UNEMPLOYED 2,600,000 TODAY 6,400,000
    2009 PEOPLE IN POVERTY IN U.S. 39,800,000 TODAY 43,600,000
    2009 NATIONAL DEBT IN TRILLIONS $10,627 TODAY $14,052
    Just take this last item: In the last two years we have accumulated national debt at a rate more than 27 times as fast as during the rest of our entire nation's history. Over 27 times as fast! Metaphorically, speaking, if you are driving in the right lane doing 65 MPH and a car rockets past you in the left lane 27 times faster . . . it would be doing 1,755 MPH! This is a disaster!
    Sources:
    (1) U.S. Energy Information Administration; (2) Wall Street Journal; (3) Bureau of Labor Statistics; (4) Census Bureau; (5) USDA; (6) U.S. Dept. of Labor; (7) FHFA; (8) Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller; (9) RealtyTrac; (10) Heritage Foundation and WSJ; (11) The Conference Board; (12) FDIC; (13) Federal Reserve; (14) U.S. Treasury

    SAVE AMERICA – RESTORE OUR ECONOMY
    VOTE FOR DONALD TRUMP IN 2012 !!!

    April 17, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  8. Anthony Heyward

    Hey Howard, you're a liar. BTW just put the unemployment rate for the entire country, don't try to be slick by bring other issues into this matter. I have facts and figures too budy and you totally just made what you posted up. There is no way in hell that Donald Trump will be the President on January 20th 2013. You're and idiot for even considering him, why not vote in Donald Duck or The progressive insurance lady, they're popular too. No wait, I've got it...lets elect Glen Beck...fool.

    April 18, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  9. Anthony Heyward

    The age of logic and reasoning is dead, people will listen to anything to justify their own internal simple mindedness.

    April 18, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  10. Tol Trunks

    Light is an undefined atomic form. It is 1 proton, no nucleus. It is measured in Sigma (Σ) joules. It can be used as a force field and the field is created in 3 minutes. Force fields are nigh impenetrable by humans. It can withstand physical attacks as well as projectiles. A standard force of light is 24 Σ joules. The force field dissipates in 24 seconds after dispelment or wear beyond cohesion.

    A force field strong enough to protect a country or state is 144 Σ joules. It is called the David Shield. The David Shield is perfect and does not wear.

    A proton without a nucleus or electron or neutron with a measure of energy (joules), becomes more solid towards the outer orbital of where it would normally. At the high energy of a Σ joule, it forms tightly around heat to immobilize outer force. Heat is caused by molecular/atomic movement, although molecular is always the used definition. Light moves around itself while also condensing. It has a degree of synergy that allows its sum amount of heat to be great in effect than the total amount of heat minus its property. It moves to immobilize while staying relatively still due to the amount of energy. Light reacts to outer force by halting it while staying still to cause a shield.

    Tol Trunks
    (510) 504-8303 (Blackberry)

    April 18, 2011 at 7:41 pm |
  11. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Hey Scott! I'm also a survivor of trickle down Reaganomics; and believe it or not, I was a Reaganite! I'm one Democrat who voted for Ronald Reagan! I liked old 'Ronny'. I didn't hold his feet to the fire for much either. From the way these loons are treating OBAMA, maybe we should have! Many people will vote 'straight party lines', no matter what or whom they feel could possibly or potentially be the better president. I try to be fair & balanced; an equal opportunist. Surprise to some I bet! It's true! BYE!

    April 19, 2011 at 9:26 am |
  12. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Anthony Heyward, You do know that most, I'd venture to say 95% of this perpetual bitching, butchering, firestorming and daily degradation of this US PRESIDENT is coming from loyalists of Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Anne Coulter, Laura Ingraham and the likes? It's nothing more than bigotry and racism being perpetuated under the cover of politics! This way they can go on denying the fact that race is not the issue! The 5% left do have legitimate concern of the actions being taken and do hope OBAMA succeeds!

    April 19, 2011 at 9:52 am |
  13. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Anthony Heyward; I enjoyed your thoughtful comments. Keep up the good work. Keep holding down the fort! This is turning out to be the biggest fight of our lives since the struggles of the 50s and the 60s, except now, or this time, they have a 'DEEP COVER'! POLITICS! That makes things look a little more 'politically correct' you know.

    April 19, 2011 at 10:04 am |
  14. Liz Carter in Georgia

    T Djukanovic; you're right! The media is very instrumental in setting the boundaries or the 'stage' by which even the lunatics on the blog treat, or should I say mistreat the position the First Lady holds; as well as the ill-respect and disrespect of the Office of The President. These haters have always found a way of dishonoring President & Mrs Obama one way or the other! They don't intend on giving them their full 'props'! They work hard at dismissing and slighting them, because they hate them! Bigotry!

    April 23, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  15. Jay in NC

    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bigot

    Bigot, one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance.

    Talk about bigotry check out the statement made by Liz Carter in Georgia, April 20, 2011 at 5:29
    "You know black folks have always worked harder than white folks, especially historically."

    April 24, 2011 at 12:24 am |
  16. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Yes, I said it! It's not bigotry, it's a fact! That certainly is the definition, and that same definition: one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with intolerance and hatred; defines the exact description of what has been waged against African Americans, and other groups, historically and even now; whether it's covert or overt by White Americans! We DO and have always been expected to work doubly and triply as hard as the white worker on most jobs! Even Pres Obama!

    April 24, 2011 at 11:27 am |
  17. Liz Carter in Georgia

    FYI, Until the words 'bigot' or 'bigotry'; 'racist' or 'racism' are no longer a part of the merriam-webster dictionary, and the need for their uses are completely and totally exterminated from the AMERICAN psyche, which I don't see that happening anytime soon, I will continue to point to it and make reference to it, whenever I deem it's 'slip is showing'! I may be more sensitive to it, because I've looked it square in it's face! It's my opinion and I have a right to it. All I can say is hit dogs holler!

    April 24, 2011 at 11:50 am |
  18. Liz Carter in Georgia

    I don't blame nor speak to all of White America about this ongoing issue, because I am not illiterate nor stupid. Thanks to many of you, your support and bravery, we have accomplished some change. I have white friends and family, whom I love and they love me. I speak to the others; You know who you are!

    April 24, 2011 at 12:00 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Yes Liz's white friends she thinks that you do not work as hard as her black friends. All simply because you are white. She does not judge people by their actions, she judges them first by their color. A bigot is a bigot black or white.

      April 24, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
  19. Liz Carter in Georgia is a Racist!

    . . . and she needs to use grammar more correctly if she wants to "instruct" white folks!

    April 24, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Love your name but do not agree with your comment. You saying 'instructing white folks', is not any better of a statement than her original racist rants.

      I do not have a problem with her grammar, this is a blog and the spelling and punctuation tends to be a little loose. I also do not have a problem with her trying to 'instruct' me, Liz and I have fought over issues for months. However I do have a big problem with her blatantly saying that one group of people are better workers than the other simply because of their race. On many occasions Liz has made such claims. Hate is hate even if it comes from a self described minority.

      By the way, I have never told, and never will tell, my race. I think it is unimportant to the conversation.

      April 24, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  20. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Liz Carter in Georgia is a Racist; LOL! I am not a racist, but you are welcome to your opinion. And to anyone else black or white who thinks that I am, I'm sorry for that. I said to you before that I fan the flames of truth. The context in which I made the statement about black vs white workers was in defense of the PRESIDENT. It seems he's villified everytime he takes personal time off! Yes, I said black folks worked harder than whites, and that man does work hard whether you agree with him or not.

    April 25, 2011 at 12:24 am |
  21. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Liz Carter in Georgia is a Racist; I am not trying to 'instruct' you or anyone on this blog, because I know 'still water runs deep'. I try to give you points of few that many blacks hold, even if they choose not to speak on it. That also goes for some whites too! They'd rather close their eyes to the most OBVIOUS BIG OLD ELEPHANT in the room, after over 400 years, than to confront it! That one day, by some miracle, it disappears! Unless it's acknowledged, it won't! I think I owe you a tiny thankyou, Jay.

    April 25, 2011 at 1:02 am |
  22. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Liz Carter in Georgia is a Racist; You really sound like THE racist;....'and she needs to use grammar more correctly if she wants to 'instruct' white folks'! First, I would like to know where my grammar was faulty, so I can fix it for YOU! Second, why do I need to use 'more correct' grammar? Is it because you 'white folks' are so grammatically correct? I don't think so! Do you not understand the words that are coming out of my fingers? What parts of my 'instruction' don't you understand? Let me know now!

    April 25, 2011 at 1:23 am |
  23. Liz Carter in Georgia

    What was your statement based on? My statement about 'workers' was based on my pure observations of a lifetime, and stories told to me by my elders! They told us how hard they had to work, sometimes from sun-up to sun-down! I don't really see how that could have been construed as hate, but OK. However, I said they worked harder, not better. Harder doesn't always mean better, but we do know we have to be extra better than others to just keep our jobs! OBSERVATION AGAIN!

    April 25, 2011 at 1:38 am |
    • Jay in NC

      Racism is taught, one generation to the next. You were taught that black people work harder than white, it became part of your mind set. You then spent a 'lifetime of pure observation' viewing the world that way. Judging people not by the jobs that they did but by the color of their skin. No amount of pride in your president should drive you to look down on others, expectingly because of their race.

      Spin it any way you want, the truth is you said it, you believe it, and you have spent many many post trying to justify it. Try as you may the real hate inside of you comes out, you attack people for the color of their skin, you are the racist. You are the bigot, you view the world this way and project that on others. I will be here, ready to point out all your racist statements to the world.

      April 25, 2011 at 2:44 am |