Barack and Michelle Obama Will Be Keynote Speakers At SXSW

Barack And Michelle Obama Will Speak At SXSW

Did the Super Tuesday results and the impending reality of a possible Trump administration got your day all messed up? Well, this probably won’t help you out at all. Today, SXSW announced that President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will participate as keynote speakers at the famed festival taking place in Austin, TX.

“President Obama will sit down with Editor in Chief of The Texas Tribune Evan Smith for a conversation about civic engagement in the 21st Century before an audience of creators, early adopters and entrepreneurs who are defining the future of our connected lives,” SXSW announced in a press release. “The President will call on the audience to apply their ideas and talents to make technology work for us – especially when it comes to tackling big challenges like increasing participation in the political process and fighting climate change. In the lead-up to the event, The Texas Tribune will also source questions for the discussion from its online audience.”

“I can’t imagine a better way to celebrate our event’s 30th year than to welcome both the President and First Lady to SXSW,” said SXSW Co-founder Roland Swenson. “As each new generation comes up at SXSW they look for ways they can be of service, and it’s important to reflect and support that message. President and Mrs. Obama’s visit here will inspire attendees to that purpose.”

President Obama will sit down with Evan Smith, CEO / Editor in Chief of The Texas Tribune on Friday, March 11, while First Lady Michelle Obama will come to SXSW Music to discuss the Let Girls Learn initiative on March 16. If you needed a remember that we probably won’t have a really, really cool President and First Lady like this for a long time, here is your reminder.

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