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What Do Young People Who Elected Obama Think of Him (and the Issues) Now?

David Gregory, moderator, NBC’s Meet the Press
Jose Antonio Vargas, technology and innovations editor, the Huffington Post
David Corn,; Washington bureau chief, Mother Jones magazine
Erin McPike, reporter, Congress Daily
David Winston, Republican strategist; president, The Winston Group
Jane Hall, associate professor, American University School of Communication (moderator)

An American Forum—Change + 1: Are Young Voters Talking Back to President Obama?

7 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, October 13 (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Abramson Family Recital Hall, American University’s Katzen Arts Center
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20016

Young people played a major role in electing Barack Obama in 2008 through their votes and innovative online organizing and fund-raising for his campaign.  

But how do they feel about Obama and his presidency today as he faces challenges and controversy surrounding the war in Afghanistan, the economy, health care reform, and other issues?  How is Obama doing at reaching young people online now that he is president—as opposed to getting elected?  And how can Republicans reach out to regain young people’s votes in the midterm elections and beyond?

Top media and politics experts in D.C. and an audience of politically-active young people will take on those questions and others during American University’s and WAMU 88.5’s American Forum— Change + 1: Are Young Voters Talking Back to President Obama?  The event will be held from 7 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, October 13 in the Abramson Family Recital Hall of American University’s Katzen Arts Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The discussion will include newly released data from NBC News/the Wall Street Journal  and CBS News/the New York Times surveys on young Americans’ views of President Obama analyzed by American University School of Communication graduate students.

WAMU 88.5—the leading public radio station for NPR news and information in the greater Washington, D.C., area—will broadcast the forum from 9 to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, October 14.

American University has been consistently been designated by the Princeton Review as one of the most politically active schools in the United States.

The American Forum is a coproduction of American University’s School of Communication and WAMU 88.5.  The forum tackles issues of interest to young people in media and society.

American University is a leader in global education, enrolling a diverse student body from throughout the United States and nearly 140 countries. Located in Washington, D.C., the university provides opportunities for academic excellence, public service, and internships in the nation’s capital and around the world.