President Barack Obama will deliver a keynote address to attendees of this year’s South by Southwest Festival, but that doesn’t mean people interested in hearing the president’s remarks have to be in Austin, Texas for the event.
SXSW will live-stream Obama’s discussion with Evan Smith of The Texas Tribune on its website beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. CT on Friday afternoon.
Obama’s speech is not available just yet, but the president’s official Twitter account did offer a preview of his comment on Friday.
“At #SXSW, I’ll make the case that tech and innovation can make government work better for everyone,” Obama wrote on Friday. “Here’s how it’s working better already: We’ve cut the time it takes students to apply for financial aid by two-thirds thanks to a simplified FAFSA form. Immigrants can now apply online to renew their green cards faster, and prep for the citizenship civics test online. Nearly 1 in 3 American families struggle to afford diapers. We’re working with the private sector to help fix this. Seniors can now apply for Social Security benefits online. Looking forward to discussing more ways we can modernize government so it’s as smart and dynamic as America itself. See you soon, Austin.”
Obama and his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, were announced as keynote speakers at SXSW last week. (Michelle Obama will kickoff the music portion of SXSW on Wednesday.) President Obama’s appearance was criticized by some, as he is appearing at the festival in lieu of going to Nancy Reagan’s funeral, which the first lady herself will attend.
See Obama’s tweets below. Check out the live-stream here.