Invited to The White House Tweetup? What?!? Me?


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(Written by Brad)

A few days ago Jen and I were working together in our office while the boys took their daily nap.  I noticed on the Twitter feed that The White House was holding a Tweetup as a follow-up to President Obama’s jobs proposal speech tonight at 8pm.  They asked anyone who was interested in coming to the Tweetup to apply at a supplied link.

I asked Jen if she would want to apply.  We both kind of laughed about it, but decided to apply anyway with absolutely no hope they would pick her.  Last night at 8:50pm I checked our email and noticed a message with the following subject line: “Please join us for the Tweetup Briefing at the White House”.  What?  No, surely not!

I opened the email and it read as follows:

Congratulations! You’ve been selected to attend the White House Tweetup.

Please join us at the White House for the

Tweetup Briefing with Press Secretary Jay Carney

Friday, September 9th, 2011

The White House

We’re excited to have you for our Tweetup Briefing with Press Secretary Jay Carney (@PressSec) at the White House on Friday, September 9th. The briefing is a chance to ask your questions, as a follow up to President Obama’s speech on creating jobs and growing the economy to a join session of Congress. You can tune-in to the speech tomorrow, Thursday, September 8th, at 7:00 p.m. EDT on

In addition to participating in the Tweetup Briefing, you’ll also have the opportunity to take a tour of the White House, as well as meet with the White House Director of Digital Strategy Macon Phillips (@Macon44) and US Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra (@aneeshchopra).

We hope you’ll Tweet about the #WHTweetup, bring your questions and questions from your followers.

I was really excited for Jen that she had been selected for this event.  What an opportunity, right?  However, I was immediately struck by the problem that we live in Indiana, have limited funds, have 4 preschoolers, and less than 24 hours to make plans.  When I told Jen about it, she was blown away, but immediately said she didn’t think there was any way we could pull it off.

I was not about to pass on an invitation to The White House without a fight.  I jumped on the phone and in an hour or so, had tentative arrangements made with family and friends for babysitting.  (Thank You!)  However, in my next step of looking at the cost of flights, my bubble was burst by the sheer cost of booking DC tickets at the last moment.  I just could not justify such an expense, no matter how exciting the opportunity.

Just as I was coming to this conclusion, and praying that God would give me the wisdom to back away from spending this money on airline tickets if necessary, Jen got a message from a friend on Facebook who lives near DC.  She graciously offered to help with our airline ticket cost by donating some of her airline points.  Suddenly, it was all becoming a reality, we booked tickets in the wee hours of this morning, and we fly out this afternoon!

The obvious question is, why did they choose Jen for this event?  Honestly, we don’t know.  We assume they were just choosing a diverse group of people involved in social media.  We are a conservative family, so our ideas for job growth will most likely differ from those presented by President Obama tonight, but we are just honored for Jen to have the opportunity to ask direct questions of the administration tomorrow. 

Do you have questions or concerns that you would like to directly ask The Obama Administration about their job package?  Jen has not only been invited to ask her own questions, but she is supposed to ask questions posed by you as well!  Follow Jen on Twitter and tweet your question.  Be sure to include @quatromama in your tweet or she won’t see it, and also include the hashtag #WHTweetup .  If you are not on Twitter, feel free to leave a comment on this post asking your question, and we will select some to ask.  Jen will be live tweeting during the event with questions and answers which is scheduled to be over at 6pm Friday, September 9th. 

Please keep in mind that all questions that are asked in a disrespectful manner will be deleted or disregarded.  We respect the office of the President greatly, no matter what political affiliation they follow.


12 thoughts on "Invited to The White House Tweetup? What?!? Me?"

  1. Terri says:

    I read your blog on my google reader but never have posted a reply to anything … until now! I think it is great that you were chosen to be a part of this. Such an honor and something your boys will be able to be proud of one day – congrats!

  2. What an amazing opportunity! So proud of you and happy to hear that it all worked out for you to go!!

  3. megryansmom says:

    I am so excited for you! Since I sat next to you at the DisneySMMoms dinner, it will be like I’m there with you!

  4. mandi says:

    Oh my!!! That is so awesome!!

  5. oh amanda says:


    Remember that verse about being skilled in your work? And getting to serve before kings?! (It’s in Proverbs somewhere…)

    Anywhoo! This is it! You are SO super cool!

  6. What a memorable trip…..can’t wait to hear all about it

  7. Melissa says:

    That is awesome, Jen! Safe travels!!

  8. Simone says:

    So exciting! Congratulations on being chosen 🙂
    Good luck and safe travels.

  9. I really appreciate your comments about respect for the office of the President. I am not as conservative, I’m somewhere in the middle, but I have friends who are appalled that I make my kids watch the State of the Union Address every year, especially during the tenure of our last president. My feeling is, this is the PRESIDENT OF OUR COUNTRY. He didn’t get there by sitting on his butt! He worked hard to attain this position and wants our country to succeed and grow just like I do. We may not agree on HOW that should happen, but I believe that the President’s heart is in the right place. We all, my kids included, have a responsibility to be knowledgeable about the main issues facing our country and be responsible voters. How can you do that if you don’t even know what our President thinks? So yep, my kids watch the State of the Union Address no matter who is in office, or what the political affiliation is. We also encourage them to watch the debates and read the paper (ok, let’s be real – look stuff up online 🙂 ). We talk openly about what we agree or disagree about and we expect our children to respect everyone’s right to believe what they want – even if they vehemently disagree. THAT should be the “American Way.” Thank you for representing that. Your boys will grow up with those values. America will be a better place because of it. GOOD LUCK TODAY!!

  10. Kathy Cunningham says:

    Trying to think of a question to ask… Have you gotten any good ones yet? I watched the President last night unveil the job creation plan, using was it 300 million or billion dollars? From the speech, it sounded like the US will stop certain programs that we couldn’t afford and start new programs that we can’t afford, possibly just shifting the debt around? So, exactly how much will all of this cost and how can our country legitimize spending more money while we are in what seems like a bottomless pit of debt?

    If you want to use this question, feel free to paraphrase as you see fit!


  11. So unbelievably proud of you both! I knew God would bring the opportunity together. 🙂 Praying you gain great wisdom, shed true light, and even more enjoy the the trip.

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