President Obama and first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle ObamaMichelle Obama: I won't run for office The Hill's 12:30 Report Michelle Obama to participate in 'College Signing Day' with MTV MORE will headline the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival later this month to promote participation in politics and girls’ education.
The annual gathering in Austin, Texas, blends together music, film and emerging technology. It has been a key stop for technology-minded lawmakers over the years but has never hosted a sitting president.
“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,” according to a SXSW press release.
Michelle Obama will speak the following week during the music portion of the conference to highlight Let Girls Learn, a program to get more girls around the world into schools.
The announcement is part of the administration’s push to reach out through nontraditional channels. Over the past few years, the president has been interviewed by YouTube stars, a popular alternative podcaster and comedians.