President Obama, who for months has barely taken questions from the White House press corps, will sit down today at the White House for an interview with MTV.
The interview is one of three Obama is conducting at the White House today, but the objective is not to provide news to the public. Obama is hoping to use the Oval Office interviews to get his base out to vote.
The MTV interview is a clear attempt to get young people – reliable Obama fans but slackers when it comes to voting – to the polls. In fact, MTV is inviting “young voters” to submit their own questions.
Obama will also speak with syndicated radio show host Michael Smerconish, who voted for the president in 2008. The talk will help him appeal to liberals who might be sitting on their hands in 2012 because the enthusiasm with which they greeted Obama in 2008 has dissipated.
And he has plucked April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks out of the White House press corps for a chat. AURN is an African American radio news network, and the chat with Ryan is a clear attempt to gin up excitement among black voters, who overwhelmingly support Obama but who his campaign fears may not turn out in the numbers they did in 2008.