Oct 052014
 

Professor Ernest Moniz, the U.S. Secretary of Energy, is a professor emeritus of physics at MIT, where he served as the head of the physics department and directed the Bates Linear Accelerator Center. The nuclear physicist was previously an undersecretary of energy during the Clinton administration.

If he’s not known as Ernie, than he should be, so we’ve invited him to play a game called “Ernie, meet Bert”: three questions about the taller of the two roommates from Sesame Street.

 
Transcript:

PETER SAGAL, HOST:
Now the game where very, very smart people do something very, very dumb – they play Not My Job. Professor Ernest Moniz is a distinguished professor of physics from MIT. He is now the U.S. Secretary of Energy. He is probably the smartest person in President Obama’s Cabinet, but he certainly has the best hair. Secretary Moniz, welcome to WAIT WAIT …DON’T TELL ME.
(APPLAUSE)
SECRETARY OF ENERGY ERNEST MONIZ: Pleasure to be here, Peter.
SAGAL: So as the only guy with a doctorate in physics at the White House, the smartest guy there, do you know how to keep people out the front door?
MONIZ: (Laughter) Absolutely. We have a very good security force, I assure you.
SAGAL: You’re going to have to do more than that, I’m afraid.
(LAUGHTER)
SAGAL: You don’t work at the White House, right? You haven’t – maybe haven’t noticed the people wandering in off the street.
MONIZ: Well, I used to work at the White House back in the President Clinton years.
SAGAL: Oh really? Oh, I didn’t realize that. So you’re a political veteran?
MONIZ: I’ve gone in and out from academia to government.
SAGAL: So have a lot of other people, turns out.
(LAUGHTER)
SAGAL: We’ll leave that alone there. So I want to get – I want to get to this, the most important topic. You – and I think this is true more than any other political figure today – you’re known for your hair. Could you describe your hair to the audience, ’cause I’m sad they cannot see you.
MONIZ: Well, I’m afraid it’s been described for me, for example, on the blogosphere, the best hair in the Cabinet since 1794.
(LAUGHTER)

 

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