A Discussion in Turkey
April 06, 2009
06:20 PM EST
06:20 PM EST
Watch the live-stream at WhiteHouse.gov/live at 12:20 PM Eastern European Summer Time in Turkey, 5:20 AM Eastern Time in the United States.
Tomorrow the President will engage in a unique discussion in Turkey. A hundred university students will be there from both Turkey and from exchange programs, representing one of the most diverse cultural audiences one could find in any one place in the world, and representing a wide range of attitudes and experiences with the United States. The President’s visit to Turkey also fulfills his pledge to visit a majority-Muslim country early in his term, and the forum represents an attempt to make the most of it in terms of direct communication.
We at the White House have been excited about this, and have tried to do our part to spread the word about it, especially abroad. The event will be streamed live here at WhiteHouse.gov at 12:20 PM in the local Eastern European Summer Time and 5:20 AM back here on the East Coast – don’t worry, we will get the transcript and video up afterwards for those not awake quite that early. But for those who are, we are also trying out a new feature of providing an embed code that you can find on our main live-stream page, so any blog, newspaper site or website in the world can cut and paste the code to feature the webcast on their own site, giving everybody a sort of public domain live feed inside the event. In particular, we have also reached out to social networks popular in the region, including Yonja.com, to ensure the word of the event gets out as far and wide as possible.
As the President told the General Assembly this morning, "Turkey and the United States must stand together -- and work together -- to overcome the challenges of our time." This discussion should be a first step towards that goal.