Bill Nye, that quirky science guy of 1990s TV fame, is taking his colorful bow ties and sweet science tricks on the road as another famous face of the Obama campaign.
Nye made a three-stop tour through New Hampshire this week touting the president’s education policies and pushing for science and engineering programs.
“This is the most important election of my life and I believe we’re at a crossroads, a turning point,” Nye told the Fosters Daily Democrat. “We can either move forward, especially in education, or backward. I think voters have a clear choice, so I’m supporting the president.”
But between the campaign talking points, Nye was still that eccentric Science Guy that taught children of the 90s that science was fun. At the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, New Hampshire Nye sported a bright blue bowtie and celebrated the 20th birthday of Homer the lobster. At one point he held up his hands as lobster claws to teach the crowd how the animals eat, Seacoast Online reported.
Nye is a long-time Obama supporter and has been a special guest at both of the White House Science Fairs. After shaking hands with the president at the 2010 science fair, Nye told Politico that the president had to “stay the course.”
But while the bubbly science guy may be stumping for the president this year, Nye has a hefty dose of criticism for Obama as well. Two weeks before hitting the Obama campaign trail, Nye said he had “deep, deep concern” over the president’s plan to cut NASA funding.
“We gotcha, budgets are being cut, budgets are being pulled back, yes, yes, all good,” said Nye, who also serves as chief executive of the Planetary Society, according to CNN. “But investment in space stimulates society, it stimulates it economically, it stimulates it intellectually, and it gives us all passion.”