The Mythbusters Archimedes Death Ray Challenge

Date: Dec. 8, 2010

Haters (and Republicans) bash Obama for his celebrity-like status and claim he spends more time on television than behind the desk. That's debatable. Still, whether he’s discussing his wife’s iPod catalog on The View or filling in his yearly NCAA Basketball brackets on SportsCenter, like a bad VH1 reality show, we’re tuned in. And we found his guest appearance on the Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters, where he challenged the show's hosts to reexamine the Archimedes Death Ray myth by using mirrors to set fire to a boat in the San Francisco Bay with the help of 500 students, to be one of his more memorable TV tech moments. Sure the experiment was a failure, but how many presidents you know that would take that challenge? Thought so.