You might have heard by now that President Obama will be appearing on Mythbusters — because obviously it’s been concluded that his problem is not enough exposure.

Unfortunately, the Mythbusters won’t be busting the “stimulus is working” or “only Republicans get donations from foreign PACs” myths.

From the New York Times:

In an episode of “Mythbusters” on the Discovery Channel to be shown on Dec. 8, President Obama will help determine whether the Greek scientist Archimedes really set fire to an invading Roman fleet using only mirrors and the reflected rays of the sun.

Legend has it that during the Siege of Syracuse, circa 214 B.C., Archimedes destroyed the enemy ships with fire, the result of a “heat ray” involving a series of mirrors set up on the coast. But the question has long remained: Did it really happen that way?

The thing is, the Mythbusters have already tried this — but it sounds as if The King was displeased with the results the first time:

“Mythbusters” has already tried to test this myth. In 2006, with the help of some students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the show declared the myth “busted” because it took far too long for any reflected light to ignite a fire on a distant ship.

But apparently, Mr. Obama wants them to try again.

Hey, why not — it’s not like he’s got anything better to do.

This time though, Obama’s loaning the Mythbusters some of his own equipment to help prove that Archimedes could have used reflected sunlight to set fire to ships.

Here’s a clip from the episode:



28 Responses to “Obama Insisted Mythbusters Re-Try Busting a Myth?”

  1. Marshall_Will on October 18th, 2010 3:50 pm

    Roit! I -demand- an immediate boycott of the Mythbusters show! This calls for extensive dirt-digging background checks on Jamie, Adam, Tory, Grant ( and "that wh@re" !* ) whatever her name is?

    I want all their corporate advertisers put on notice and home addresses put on the internet! Find out where their kids go to school.

    *Yes, I realize Kari is a very nice lady and is also someone's mom. It's just that I get carried away sometimes. You guys understand when I go over the top, right?

  2. Rorschach256 on October 18th, 2010 5:39 pm

    except she is a vegan who hates guns….

  3. Simon on October 18th, 2010 5:44 pm

    Is he so childish he's going to use that new Boeing-mounted laser?

  4. Marshall_Will on October 18th, 2010 5:54 pm


    You… wouldn't be referring to 'this', would you?

    NY Times article where The One refers to 'himself' as a "Rorschach test"? Funny you'd mention that b/c I wanted to do a photoshop ( none too subtle ) R-Test for Libs. Basically identical only one has a subliminal guy working his @$$ off and the other w/ a TV and a remote?

  5. Dencal26 on October 18th, 2010 5:56 pm

    The show was originally slated to test the Myth of " Shovel Ready Jobs" but Obama declined the offer

  6. Marshall_Will on October 18th, 2010 6:00 pm

    Too funny! Yeah, I caught that over the weekend, what was that, a YEAR ago? Way to come clean huh?

    Doug, why can we ( not… that we'd do it on Gov't time! ) but why can we get MM on the computers on the Base yet YOU are "blocked content"? Just curious…

  7. Doug on October 18th, 2010 6:12 pm

    Seriously? I'm blocked on a military base? Sheesh… that's what I get for supporting our fine men and women in uniform!

  8. mwdiet on October 18th, 2010 6:39 pm

    If he's not golfing, he's watching Mythbusters. Oy.

  9. BadIdeaGuy on October 18th, 2010 6:44 pm

    I'll be impressed if he can disprove the "myth" that massive amounts of money-printing lead to devaluation of the currency. But really, I'd be satisfied with him busting the myth that his long-form birth certificate and college transcripts are non-existent. (Sorry, had to go there)

  10. fleeceme on October 18th, 2010 6:57 pm

    "We will use a high-intensity heat beam we call a 'la-ser'". If you look hard enough, Obama does kind of resemble Dr. Evil.

  11. Marshall_Will on October 18th, 2010 7:30 pm


    Surprised me too. I'll see if I can make a few calls. Keep in mind, the Military would be happiest if there was 'no' internet access for the enlisted ranks but in this day and age who can get by without it? Most training is now internet-based.

    Many senior officers watch Fox and that's why they probably rubber-stamped MM. Not… that she doesn't rate it!

  12. Marshall_Will on October 18th, 2010 7:33 pm


    Do…, do we know each other btw? JK. Yeah, does this guy actually -believe- that the avg. American voter is so dense we take the Mythbusters for anything above and beyond entertainment value? Is this what he really thinks of us?

  13. Nanny on October 18th, 2010 8:18 pm

    Now it's Mythbusters – I am so sick of him! Is there no program that won't stoop to the "show boat"? That is all he is – all show – all blow (pun intended).

  14. carmachu on October 18th, 2010 9:02 pm

    Actually didnt they do this a second time already, and did in fact set the ships on fire, using mirrors in different configurations? I swear I saw the second mythbusters where they took 2-3 letters and tried their suggestions and they worked.

  15. Marshall_Will on October 18th, 2010 9:29 pm

    OMG! I think you're right. Ahem, however IIRC it only worked provided your enemy anchored their battleships, moored broadsides ( read buns-up kneeling ) and remained so until your handi-work was allowed to work it's "magic".

    Soooound familiar?

  16. OK_Loyalist on October 18th, 2010 9:54 pm

    The teleprompter pic is great. Is that your handy work Doug ?

  17. Doug on October 18th, 2010 11:13 pm

    Yep… I clipped the prompters from the "Obama Presidential Collectible" linked below and fudged the rest in MS Paint (I still don't use Photoshop, and it shows)

  18. OK_Loyalist on October 19th, 2010 12:22 am

    Perfect !

  19. Philip Boucher on October 19th, 2010 12:47 am

    It's all part of Barry's plan to retire our petroleum and nuclear powered Navy and replace it with a wind and solar powered Navy. The idea is to replace the "S" (Strategic) in SDI with an "S" (Solar).

  20. OK_Loyalist on October 19th, 2010 1:39 am

    Adapt, Improvise, Overcome. I got a great teleprompter avatar I wore Libs out with at Allbritton boards when they were alive. I even got credited with getting them shut down, truth telling and all that ;)

  21. Clu Seatoe on October 19th, 2010 2:20 am

    This pernicious faux American, obamao, never does anything just to do it. TheZoo is headed in the right direction, but didn’t go far enough.

    The SOB that was foisted upon the real Americans, those who are the ones born of real and legal Americans and are the lovers of America. Those who would try to raise themselves up to it’s level of greatness and not bring it down to the lowness of the place from which they just came.

    Those who would willfully and freely give anything and everything up to and including their lives to uphold The Constitution against usurpers, carpetbaggers, eastern political systems in the guise of stifling religion, and all lesser nations who don’t know their right hand from their left or right from wrong, chaotically existing south of a certain latitude. Places where it may actually be a compliment to refer to them as one rung up the ladder from Mordor, or the Mines of Moria with the very occasional whiff of breathable air.

    Those real Americans are now cautioned to keep both eyes open and on the proven untrustworthy hands of the killer of the American way and master of lies and deception. He’s continually up to no good.

  22. Spliff_Menendez on October 19th, 2010 4:25 am

    Now that picture is funny, I don't care who you are.

  23. Joyanna Adams on October 19th, 2010 4:34 am

    Now, Mythbusters needs to do a show on if our govenment is a REAL republic..or not.

    There is a big myth going around that they don't want the military to know about…
    Obama…is a Muslim, who wants to get Muslims excited about blowing up ships with solar energy…it's part of his new NASA outreach.

    After this…he will do "How I survived" show.

    How I survived the VIEW…by going on Mythbusters.

    And the military guys NOT seeing the great Powers That Be?

    UNAMERICAN, and that's not a myth.

  24. sizemorew on October 19th, 2010 11:47 am

    At least with Mythbusters he's hearing about real science like physics and chemistry rather than his pet junk science of climate change.

  25. sizemorew on October 19th, 2010 11:49 am

    Obama himself requested the re-do? Seriously? What else can be done about this myth to prove the claim is bogus?

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