The White House has added "rural issues" and "Native American issues" to a list of nearly a score of items administration officials will talk about (via Twitter) in the days after the President's State of the Union Address. Earlier Monday, these were not part of the White House schedule.
Alrighty then, rural is on the White House schedule. Ditto Native Americans.
Let us explain.
In the story just below this one, we noted that the White House had ignored rural Americans in a list of issues it planned to discuss during Twitter “office hours” in the days after the State of the Union address.
Just a few moments ago, we received an email from Doug McKalip in the White House. He tells us that there will be an “office hours” session devoted to “Rural Issues” on Friday. Earlier today, there was nothing going on at 10 a.m. (Eastern). Now, “Rural Issues” has been added in that slot. Doug McKalip, Senior Policy Advisor for Rural Affairs, will be taking your questions.
The White House says you should ask your question by using the hashtag #WHchat and then follow the Q&A through the@WHLive Twitter account. (Go here for details on how this thing is going to work and click on Thursday and Friday for the full schedule.)
Nothing else changed on the Friday schedule.
On the Thursday schedule, the White House website now shows a Q&A for “Native American Issues.” There was no Native American session shown earlier today.
Kimberly Teehee, Senior Policy Advisor for Native American Affairs, will be taking your Twitter questions and comments. Ms. Teehee will be on line at 3 p.m. (Eastern) Thursday.
So, there you go. Below is the nice email we received from Mr. McKalip at the White House.
Daily Yonder Team,
Just saw the piece on the Yonder regarding the follow-up to the State of the Union.
There have been many messages distributed by the executive branch today regarding the office hours and, unfortunately, not all of them have the “complete listings”. : )
In fact, there has been a Rural Office Hours session on the books for this week. I think, we’re the first ones out of the gate on Friday.
It’s listed on the White House website at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/state-of-the-union-2012#sub4-tab
If you all could, please spread the word around. We’re looking forward to a great exchange on rural issues and keeping the visibility high on the important work in rural communities.
Sorry for the short message — just wanted to be sure that you had the info.
Looking forward to talking in more detail soon.
Senior Policy Advisor for Rural Affairs
White House Domestic Policy Council