President Barack Obama LIVE via Video at BlogHer '12!
Today we are honored to announce that President Barack Obama will address the BlogHer '12 audience at 4:30PM Thursday, August 2, via live video feed. We will gather in the Grand Ballroom at the New York Hilton to hear from the president live, and understand why he has chosen to make this rare conference appearance. We will be recording the video and posting it as soon as we can post-appearance. All conference passes, from day passes to party and/or expo passes to full passes will be granted admission to this special event. [And you can still register here.]
As an non-partisan organization, BlogHer issued invitations to both the Republican and Democratic campaigns, and both presidential candidates specifically, to speak at the conference and publish on BlogHer.com. In addition to President Obama's appearance, both campaigns have representatives speaking at the main conference August 3-4. [Full agenda here.] National Director of Operation Vote for the Obama campaign, Buffy Wicks, will be speaking on the How Washington Works panel in the Political track on Friday August 3, while Courtney Johnson, Director of Women's Outreach for the Romney campaign, will be speaking on the Using Online Tools panel in the Political track on Saturday, August 4.
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President Obama and his campaign have regularly prioritized outreach to the BlogHer community, starting when then-Senator and presidential candidate Obama sat down with BlogHer for a video interview in 2008. Subsequently, Michelle Obama launched her blog exclusively on BlogHer.com, to engage in conversation with the nation’s women prior to the 2008 election. She recently blogged again on the four-year anniversary of her first BlogHer post.
We expect to continue hearing from both campaigns up until the election, and the BlogHer team will attend and cover both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions this summer.
Thank you in advance, President Obama, for showing such respect for this community. We are particularly proud to bring this unique moment to BlogHer '12 attendees, this coming Thursday.
To review the entire BlogHer '12 agenda, look here.
To register for the conference, go here.
Elisa Camahort Page, Jory Des Jardins and Lisa Stone, BlogHerCo-Founders