White House Correspondents Analyze Obama's Legacy

White House Correspondents Analyze Obama's Legacy

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Christian Holm
November 02, 2015

Four leading White House reporters joined The Washington Center for a panel discussion broadcast live on CSPAN on Friday, Oct.30.


White House correspondents Jim Acosta of CNN, Kathleen Hennessy from the Associated Press and April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks joined moderator Christi Parsons of the Chicago Tribune for a Q & A with students. The topic? President Obama’s legacy as enters the final year of his presidency and their experiences.


Here are some of the highlights from the Q & A:


Matthew (Institution: Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Internship: Ripon Society) Do you think the mainstream media is an extension of the liberal establishment?


Ryan: We actually get that pretty often from both sides – Democrats accusing us of favoring the GOP, Republicans accusing us of being part of the liberal establishment. I think if we’re hearing it from both sides, we must be doing something right.


Acosta: We didn’t grow up with a lot of partisan media like your generation has, so this is something new for us. As a journalist, I would say my only bias is a good story.


Sean Mitchell (Institution: University of New Hampshire; Internship: PLO Delegation to the United States) How do you think people will judge Obama’s foreign policy legacy years from now?


Hennessy: Taking out Bin Laden definitely has to be the highlight of his legacy. Foreign policy legacies can also remain debated long after a President has left office, so we may be examining Obama’s foreign policy legacy for a long time to come.


Joseph Orlando (Institution: Adelphi University; Internship: Rep. Nina Lowey (D-NY) As a journalist, does it bother you when the President gets his message out on nontraditional media channels?


Acosta: Obama really has been the first social media President and has definitely used it to his advantage. The White House got really good at using their own nontraditional platforms to craft their own message rather than relying on the media to do it for them. And we as reporters have adapted to that, so we use social media to get the news out just as much as the President does.


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