President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama to Speak at SXSW

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South by Southwest has announced that President Barack Obama will appear as part of a keynote conversation at SXSW Interactive on March 11.

First Lady Michelle Obama will be the opening keynote at SXSW Music on March 16.

SXSW said Wednesday that it’s the first time in its 30-year history that a sitting president and the first lady have participated in the event.


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SXSW said 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 and call on the audience to apply their ideas and talents to make technology work in areas such as increasing participation in the political process and fighting climate change.

First Lady Michelle Obama will discuss the Let Girls Learn initiative, which aims to break barriers for the 62 million girls around the world who are not in school today.

“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.”

The festival opens March 11 with the world premiere of Richard Linklater’s “Everybody Wants Some.”

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  1. Spike says:

    Well, there are three reasons not to go to SXSW. A faux president posing as an American citizen, his b—h wife and then a keynote speaker who represents a very small section of the American population. What could be better?

  2. 85wzen says:


  3. Donna says:

    Well, he always wanted to be part of the entertainment world.

  4. jen says:

    The greatest faux president ever, elected and admired solely by the color of his skin. Hollywood loves racism.

  5. Nanny Mo says:

    I was just thinking, the Prez probably knows as much about interactive media as he does anything else. I know that if I were a gammer, I’d fly 700 miles to hear the prez speak about interactive gaming. Wow! This makes sense. What about George Lucas, or couldn’t you get him?

  6. Didn’t he call Trump “the reality show candidate?” (sic). Great, so in the middle of picking his NCAA bracket, he’ll be in a mosh pit with a bunch of millenials, leaving BoBo the Groper to run the country. And anyone who’s been to SXSW knows the traffic is bad enough without having a presidential motorcade and security to add to the nightmare.

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