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16 Things We Learned From Bill Nye The Science Guy’s Emails With The White House

BuzzFeed obtained Bill Nye’s emails with the White House through a FOIA request. There is a science poem.

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BuzzFeed obtained 122 pages of emails sent chiefly between Bill Nye — “The Science Guy” —, his assistant Christine Sposari, and White House OSTP Advisor Phil Larson through a Freedom of Information Act Request. Here are some of the best snippets.

1. Bill Nye sometimes signs off his emails with hopeful messages and clip art.

“Let’s change the world(s)…

2. As well as other phrases written as only Bill Nye could.

“What time does the shindig start diggin?”

3. “I lost track of time…time zones that is.”

4. “Ah yes, I kinda’ spaced (pun intended).”

5. Bill Nye even sent the White House some original science poetry.

For you, a bit of holiday cheer
With but no effect on our atmosphere
For this particular season
A dodecahedron
As the Earth spins us, to a New Year!

-Bill

6. This is the dodecahedron that allegedly inspired Bill Nye’s poem:

7. When coordinating a blog post for Nye to publish on the White House website, the administration (Larson) prepared talking points for him to follow.

The included touting President Barack Obama’s “committment” to STEM education as well as mentioning his “distinct honor” to attend the first White House Science fair.

But when he submitted his draft, the White House offered some edits, which Bill Nye promptly ignored.

8. After Nye tweeted about signing up for Obamacare, the White House invited him to a party to “thank” him for his outreach. But when he first got the email, Bill Nye appeared confused by what was happening.

9. Here’s the official White House invite:

“The President requests the pleasure of your company at a reception to be held at The White House on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at four-thirty o’clock.”

10. Then as the deadline drew near, the White House pinged Bill Nye again for more Obamacare outreach.

They suggested several tweets, either directed at the #GeeksGetCovered hashtag or generally at everyone with #GetCoveredNow.

11. Bill Nye is slightly irked by how much email the White House sends out.

“I entered to win a trip to the State of the Union on line. You all send so much email. Phew…”

12. Larson emailed Bill Nye to see if, when he talked about more NASA funding, he was talking to the White House. Bill Nye said he was.

13. Later, Bill Nye used his direct contact with the White House to try and set up a meeting to make a person-to-person pitch about funding for something.

14. Bill Nye described his selfie with Neil deGrasse Tyson and Obama as “a once in a lifetimer.”

15. He repeatedly refers to Obama as “The Man” in emails.

16. Larson sent Bill Nye a Los Angeles Times cartoon poking fun at the White House’s inability to work with Congress.

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