White House opens doors to local reporters
November 1st, 2011
12:05 PM ET

White House opens doors to local reporters

In the latest effort to sell his jobs proposals and gin up support in key battleground regions, President Obama will sit down with ten local news reporters on Tuesday while his staff provides them with special access to the White House grounds, senior advisors, and cabinet secretaries.

The White House is billing the event as “Live from the White House,” and is providing space on the South Lawn for the local reporters to anchor their broadcasts tonight. In addition to a quick interview with President Obama, the reporters will speak with several cabinet secretaries and a White House staffer who is from their hometown market.

The local reporters will also have lunch with senior Obama advisor David Plouffe, tour the main floor of the White House and Kitchen garden, and ask White House press secretary Jay Carney a question in the daily briefing.

It all appears to be part of a clear effort from the White House communications team to connect to voters who may not otherwise follow politics or the president closely while reiterating the president’s jobs message.

“Many Americans rely on the stories that local television anchors report every evening to understand what's happening both in their community and across the country. It's because of this strong relationship that they have with their viewers that we've invited them to the White House to talk about the President’s efforts to strengthen our economy and create jobs,” said Josh Earnest, the principal deputy White House press secretary.

The local markets represented include Portland (Oregon), Phoenix, Denver, Minneapolis, Houston, Omaha, Tampa, Hampton Roads, Philadelphia. A reporter from Hearst, which represents several smaller news stations across the country, is also participating.

– CNN's Brianna Keilar and Alex Mooney contributed to this report


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  1. Yuri

    Seems like a sound idea. Whether it will work or not remains to be seen. Hope it will. But then the GOP and the teapots will target this tactic as true demagoguery

    November 1, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
  2. sonny chapman

    The Repubs. oppose this move by Obama.

    November 1, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
    • John

      Everyone knows this president rubs elbows with the media. Why is this news? They have given him a free pass for several years now. Look at all the crap Cain is taking for having a guy in a commercial when the entire country knows BO is a smoker – funny how the media covers that up now.

      November 1, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  3. frag

    Great move! All politics are local politics. Bring it to the people without the " talking head filter", let the people hear the news without being colored by the right or the left.

    November 1, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
  4. Beverly NC

    President Obama is a REAL leader who is not afraid of the PEOPLE. He has worked hard for the PEOPLE and is glad to meet and talk with real people who want to be heard. Republicans hide from real people and only are around those few who will not berate them for betraying us, for killing our economy intentionally for political games, for obstructing all legislation to help America recover, for lying to us about jobs, for being clueless how real people live and struggle due to their inaction and arrogant elitism.
    President Obama is happy to be among the People for he knows he has done his very best every day to make our lives better, get jobs created, end fraud Bush wars, pay down the debt Republicans ran up under Bush, provide fair and good healthcare for ALL Americans (Republicans LIE about Obama's healthcare law – why> – because it holds private insurance companies accountable). President Obama is a proven LEADER who has had incredible foreign policy successes the unpatriotic Republicans ignore and has had done everything humanly possible to have domestic successes for the PEOPLE but Republicans have obstructed EVERYTHING just to be total jerks thinking it will somehow hurt Obama because THEY have done NOTHING but hurt the PEOPLE MORE???? Think we are really going to vote for the Party of NO and HATE who have betrayed the PEOPLE at every turn???
    I stand with MY President – a good and decent man with real family values, real Christian values, and who knows his jobs is to serve the PEOPLE. Did you know President Obama takes NO special interest money in his campaign??? ALL his money comes from the PEOPLE. Thank you President Obama for being a decent human being with character, honor, integrity, and real leadership qualities.

    November 1, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
    • John

      Typical hateful rant from a lib. America has caught on to the hate you spew and your pitting people against each other.

      November 1, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  5. sortakinda

    More better if he sits down with ten LOCO reporters.

    November 1, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  6. quinLee

    If it's one thing this guy can do, it is campaign. I just wish he was this aggressive when it comes to governing. Strategy is good but sometimes you just need to kick some butt. I don't see the opposition backing down on anything.

    November 1, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
    • lisa2010

      i can see why he's not so aggressive, it could be because he was born and raised in hawaii..if you've be a frequent visitor to the islands, its not because of the beauty of the land but also the beauty of the local people.. there's that aloha in the air that makes people comes back for more on their visits, some of them goes as far as relocating down here in the islands..i assume the old saying goes down here "you can take the person out of the islands, but not the islands out of the person" with all the rat race that goes on in the mainland, people need a break here in the islands...

      November 1, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
      • John

        Really? Have you read his book? Born and "raised in Hawaii"? Do you have a reason why his SS card was from Conn?

        November 1, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
      • Marian

        I just pray that AFD dwindles in non-practice semtoime in my lifetime. I still think one year on 4/1, an employee I don't like is going to send out a fake resignation email, and I'm going to accept it.

        April 2, 2012 at 6:03 pm |
  7. Luvuga john peter

    The biggest effort president Obama and team should try is to call out every single GOP senator and every conservative leader who has ever said that their biggest and/or only priority was defeating Barack Obama. Call them by name and provide the American people with details of their statements in order to shame every leader who acted in bad faith and refused the nation and the unemployed the chance to get a job.
    OBAMA SHOULD PROVE THAT HIS POLICIES ARE NOT BAD FOR THE US BY LINKING HIS SUCCESS ON FOREIGN POLICY. OBAMA SHOULD LET THE PUBLIC KNOW THAT BECAUSE THE GOP DIDN'T OBSTRUCT TOO MUCH ON FOREIGN POLICY, HE HAS KEPT ALL THE PROMISES MADE ON FOREIGN POLICY EXCEPT THE GUATANAMO PRISON. AND MR OBAMA SHOULD WARN THE GOP NOT TO PLAY GAMES ON FOREIGN POLICY COME NEXT YEAR BECOZ THEY WANNA JUST SCORE SOME POINTS. IF THEY WANTED TO PROVE THEIR INTEREST AND COMMITMENTS TO HELP AMERICAN PEOPLE, THEY SHOULD NEVER FOCUS ON DENYING OBAMA THE CHANCE TO HELP THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

    November 1, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  8. Vic of New York

    I LIKE Beverly NC's posting. I TOO STAND WITH MY PRESIDENT! I've had it to here with all these so called "Patriots" who waive the Bill of Rights while laughing and booing a gay soldier in Afganistan. These are not patriots – they are parrots! They are the sicko parrots of a line of un-Americanism sponsored by Rupert Murdoch and the FOX network. They are the parrots of an Australian malcreant who is being investigated around the globe for illegal activities like phone hacking the royal family. I STAND WITH MY PRESIDENT

    November 1, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
    • John

      You stand with the flea party. The party throwing rocks and bottles at the police.The original party of the KKK (Dems), the party who has been in charge of inner city governmnet for decades now. You call the Tea Party sico's, but you support the flea party scum. The Libs in this country have truly become a laughing stock.

      November 1, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  9. Max

    Good Job Mr. President!

    Very good job Obama. After waiting in vain for bipartisan legislation which are being boycotted by a tea party controlled congress, this is the right step to take. After all is said and done, elections do have consequences.

    As president, Obama was elected to lead and if the followers are lagging behind on important issues which affect our economy, then the utilization of the executive power of the president is the last resort. Go for it Obama.

    Good job Obama. The electorate is with you on this one... show us that you do care in a big way!

    November 1, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  10. John

    You libs kill me "BO is so great" bla bla bla. It is all the repubs fault that this country is in such bad shape. LOL...

    November 1, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  11. Bruce

    John...get a job, get off of welfare and stop filing for unemployment. If you had a job you wouldn't have so much time and hatred on your hands. And in case you're wondering, I have a job and I'm on my work computer and yes I'm a blue dog dem, which ultimately means I'm a social lib and a fiscal conservative.

    November 1, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  12. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Of course I'm sure everybody knows I CERTAINLY stand with my President; Barack H Obama! 'If you don't know me by now...you will never, never, never know me Ooooh-oooh-ooooh'! YOU HAD BETTER ASK SOMEBODY! I agree Beverly NC, and Vic in New York...OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!!...YES WE WILL AGAIN!

    November 2, 2011 at 10:09 pm |