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GU Students Will React to Obama's Remarks During Live MTV Show

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Georgetown students will reflect on the president's remarks during “Ask Obama Live: An MTV Interview With the President,” a half-hour special airing live today at 5 p.m.

October 26, 2012 – MTV will be live on campus Friday getting reaction from Georgetown students with a broad range of political opinions to President Barack Obama’s answers to questions from young people nationwide.  

Georgetown undergraduates will comment on Obama’s remarks during MTV’s live interview with the president at 5 p.m.

“Ask Obama Live: An MTV Interview With the President,” a half-hour special, will feature MTV News correspondents – Sway Calloway talking with the president at the White House and Andrew Jenks speaking with students at Georgetown.

The special is part of MTV’s "Power of 12" campaign, which hopes to engage 18- to 29-year-olds eligible to vote in the presidential election.

wonderful opportunity

“I'm thrilled to be able to participate in such a wonderful opportunity,” says Maggie Cleary, one of students picked for the MTV show and president of Georgetown’s College Republicans. “Not only do I get to ask a question to the President of the United States, but I also get to make an appearance on the most popular network for young people.”

A junior majoring in American studies and philosophy with a concentration on bioethics, Cleary says she’s “confident that I will always be somewhat involved in the political world – though I'm unsure in which capacity I'll be participating. “

Joe Vandegriff, a junior political science major and president of the College Democrats, says he's looking forward to his "idol" answer questions about how to fix the American education system.

Political acumen

"I am extremely grateful for this opportunity and think it will give Georgetown a chance to show the rest of the country our political acumen," he said. "I look forward to hearing the President's response to questions and to hear him explain why his values align with millennials."

Todd Olson, vice president for student affairs, was pleased about the event.

“Students at Georgetown have a reputation for being politically aware, situated as we are in the center of the nation's capital,” Todd said. "We are delighted that MTV has chosen Georgetown undergraduates to reflect on questions to President Obama that pertain to young people like themselves. It is undoubtedly an experience they are not likely to forget and offers the chance for them to participate directly in the process of a presidential election.”

Top Concerns

MTV says its “Ask Obama Live” will mark the first time either candidate has focused specifically on what it says are young voters’ top concerns – jobs, the cost of a college education, rising student loan debt and current social issues.

The cable television channel, which asked for questions from young people through its Facebook page, says it has also invited Republican challenger Gov. Mitt Romney to participate in a similar live special.

Vandegriff said he hopes Romney will take MTV up on the idea so that he can hear more details about the candidate's economic plans.

"Ask Obama Live" will air live on Friday, Oct. 26, at 5 p.m. ET across MTV's screens, including MTV, MTV2, mtvU, MTV Hits and MTV Jams, online at and on MTV's mobile platforms.

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