What would you ask President Obama? – This is your Opportunity to be Heard

PresidentObamaDeliversStateoftheUnioninHouseChamber-OfficialWhiteHousePhotobyPeteSouzaJust a quick update for Day in Washington readers.  In the wake of the State of the Union there was some heartburn over a visible lack of presence of a disability discussion (as well as a lack of closed captioning on the web video – I was told)

 Now that the State of the Union is over, what comes next?  Well, there’s an answer.  The White House has made available its advisors for interactive discussions with the public.  “Office Hours” if you will, although I imagine them quite different than those held by my undergraduate Chemistry professor.  Looking at the initial schedule, Disability didn’t seem to be on the agenda at all.  See below.   However, I did just receive an additional notice that yes there WOULD be a disability discussion on Friday, January 27, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern with Kareem Dale, Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy.  Just a few quick notes:

  • Ask your question on Twitter with the hashtag #WHChat
  • Kareem Dale will respond to your questions in real-time via Twitter
  • Follow the Q&A through the @WHLive Twitter account
  • If you miss the live session, the full Q&A will be posted on WhiteHouse.gov and Storify.com/WhiteHouse

If you have disability questions that fit within one of the other areas such as Education, Women, or Small Business, it has been advised that you bring up your question in those specific sections.  Again, hours below.  Make sure you take advantage of the opportunity and share your thoughts and questions.

Wednesday Office Hours Schedule

  • All Day: Josh Earnest, Principal Deputy Press Secretary, answers your questions on Twitter (@jearnest44)
  • 1:00 p.m.: Office Hours with Mark Zuckerman, Deputy Director of the Domestic Policy Council
  • 3:00 p.m.: Office Hours with Dan Pfeiffer (@pfeiffer44), White House Communications Director

Thursday Office Hours Schedule

  • 10:00 a.m. Veterans: Matt Flavin, White House Director of Veterans and Wounded Warrior Policy
  • 11:00 a.m. LGBT: Miriam Vogel, White House Senior Policy Advisor and Gautam Raghavan, White House Associate Director for Public Engagement
  • 12:00 p.m. Women: Racquel Russell, Special Assistant to the President for Mobility and Opportunity and Avra Siegel, White House Deputy Executive Director for the Council on Women and Girls
  • 1:00 p.m. Seniors: Jeanne Lambrew, Deputy Assistant to the President for Health Policy and Nick Papas, Assistant Press Secretary
  • 2:00 p.m. Latinos: Felicia Escobar, White House Senior Policy Advisor, Julie Rodriguez, White House Associate Director of Public Engagement and Luis Miranda, White House Director of Hispanic Media
  • 4:00 p.m. Small Business Owners: Christine Koronides, Senior Advisor for Economic Policy, National Economic Council
  • 5:00 p.m. African Americans: Danielle Gray, Deputy Assistant to the President for Economic Policy
  • 6:00 p.m. Asian American Pacific Islanders: Chris Lu, Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary
  • TBD Youth: Administration official to be announced

Friday Office Hours Schedule

  • 11:00 a.m. Foreign Policy: Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting
  • 12:00 p.m. Education: Roberto Rodriguez, Special Assistant to the President for Education Policy
  • 1:00 p.m. Health: Jeanne Lambrew, Deputy Assistant to the President for Health Policy and Nick Papas, Assistant Press Secretary
  • 2:00 p.m. Energy: Heather Zichal, Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change and Dan Utech, Deputy Director for Energy Policy
  • 3:00 p.m. Consumer Protections: Brian Deese, Deputy Director National Economic Council
  • 4:00 pm The Economy: Jason Furman, Principal Deputy Director National Economic Council
  • 5:00 p.m. Job Opportunities: Portia Wu, Senior Policy Advisor for Mobility and Opportunity Policy
  • 6:00 p.m. Urban Issues: Racquel Russell, Special Assistant to the President for Mobility and Opportunity

Monday January 30

  • President Obama participates in a Google+ Hangout from the White House