Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Schedule: White House Big Block Of Cheese Day

#AsktheWH: Social media virtual open house begins at 9:00 AM...#BigBlockofCheeseDay...#SOTU
Washington, DC - As President Barack Obama hits the road today in a follow-up to his State of the Union Address, White House officials will be hosting the Big Block of Cheese Day, a virtual open house to respond to questions from the public on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.  The schedule for specific sessions and Twitter addresses are below.  Participants can use #BigBlockofCheeseDay and ask questions with #AskthWH.  The fromage fest kicks off at 9:00 AM ET, and a gouda time will be had by all.

President Obama today tours a Costco in Lanham, MD to "deliver remarks to highlight the importance of raising the federal minimum wage" and "reiterate his commitment to working with Congress to pass the Harkin-Miller bill." After, he travels to Pittsburgh, PA to tour the United States Steel Corporation Irvin Plant in West Mifflin.  He will deliver remarks about the retirement policies he discussed in his #SOTU.


From the road with President Obama:
Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer - @Pfeiffer44
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney - @PressSec
Assistant Press Secretary Matt Lehrich - @Lehrich44
Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett - @VJ44

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. ET: General Overview & #SOTU themes
Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest - @JEarnest44
Director of the Office of Public Engagement Paulette Aniskoff - @PAniskoff44v

10:00 – 10:30 a.m. ET: Economic Opportunity & Mobility
Deputy Communications Director Amy Brundage - @Brundage44
Member of the Council of Economic Advisers Betsey Stevenson - @CEABetsey

11:00 – 11:30 a.m. ET: Immigration & Latino Issues
Director of Hispanic Media Katherine Vargas - @Vargas44
Deputy Director of Hispanic Media Antoinette Rangel - @LaCasaBlanca

12:00 – 12:30 p.m. ET: Climate & Energy
Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Gina McCarthy - @GinaEPA
Special Assistant to the President for Energy & Climate Change - @Utech44

1:00 – 1:30 p.m. ET:  STEM
Director of the Office of Science & Technology Policy Dr. John Holdren - @WhiteHouseOSTP

2:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET:  Minimum Wage, Unemployment Insurance, Skills gap & Apprenticeships Secretary of Labor Tom Perez - @LaborSec
Member of the Council of Economic Advisers Betsey Stevenson - @CEABetsey

2:30 – 3:00 p.m. ET:  State & Local issues
Director of Intergovernmental Affairs David Agnew - @DavidAgnew44

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. ET:  Foreign Policy
Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes - @Rhodes44
National Security Council Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden - @NSCPress

4:00 – 4:30 p.m. ET:  Health Care
Senior Communications Advisor Tara McGuinness - @HealthCareTara
Director of Progressive Media & Online Response Jesse Lee - @JesseCLee44
Associate Communications Director Rachel Racusen - @Racusen44

4:30 – 5:00 p.m. ET:  Rebuilding America's Infrastructure
Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx - @SecretaryFoxx


11:00 a.m. ET: The White House Facebook Page -- Economic Opportunity & Mobility
Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers Jason Furman

3:30 p.m. ET: La Casa Blanca Facebook Page -- Immigration & Latino issues
Director of the Domestic Policy Council Cecilia Munoz


1:30 p.m. ET:  Education: "From Daycare to Diploma"
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
The Secretary will be joined by three of the guests who sat with the First Lady in her viewing box:
Joey Hudy, Maker and Intel Intern;  Estiven Rodriguez, student, Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School; Kathy Hollowell-Makle, 2013 DCPS Teacher of the Year

Additional Administration officials will be participating throughout the day:

First Lady Michelle Obama - @FLOTUS

Executive Director of Let's Move Sam Kass - @LetsMove

Director of Specialty Media Shin Inouye - @Inouye44

Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality Nancy Sutley - @WhiteHouseCEQ

The White House Historical Association - @WhitehouseHstry

Rafael Lemaitre,Communications Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy  - @RafaelONDCP

Department of Agriculture - @USDA

Department of Commerce - @CommerceSec

Director of the Office of Personnel Management Katherine Archuleta - @OPMDirector

Office of Personnel Management - @USOPM

Office of the United States Trade Representative - @USTradeRep

Department of the Treasury - @USTreasury