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Obama’s SXSW appearance will be first for a U.S. president

Associated Press

NEW YORK – POTUS will be making a debut appearance this year at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas.

No, that’s not some hipster band. It’s the 44th president of the United States. President Barack Obama will be the first sitting president to speak at the annual music, film and interactive media gathering, which drew more than 80,000 attendees last year.

President Obama will discuss civic engagement with Evan Smith, editor-in-chief of The Texas Tribune, during a keynote address on March 11. First lady Michelle Obama will attend as well to discuss the “Let Girls Learn” initiative, which aims to improve education for girls around the world. That will take place on March 16.

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