Concrete Loop’s own Angel Laws and J. Dakar were invited to the White House for the first ever African-American Online Summit held on Monday (October 11) in Washington, D.C. The roundtable of about 20 bloggers/journalists (from various online outlets) discussed an array of topics from health care, economics to education and more. They even discussed the role online media plays on current society.
The Columbus Day session lasted about four hours and also featured appearances from senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, along with specialists from various parts of the administration, including the First Lady’s office. There was even a surprise visit from President Barack Obama who casually came in through a side door.
Here is what Concrete Loop creator/editor Angel wrote on her personal blog about meeting the President:
President Obama casually came in during the meeting and everyone was shocked. He walked around to each person, shook their hand and asked their name and affiliation. It was an honor to meet him in person, especially after being a big supporter of his during the election years.
I’m very excited that the Obama Administration is taking the new media approach seriously and it was an honor to be apart of the summit. I can’t believe how far Concrete Loop is taking me. Feeling very blessed.