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US Govt Polls Asian Journalists about Obama

Nov 13, 2009

Are you a journalist in Asia? Obama wants to hear from you!

The US State Department has started looking for feedback from journalists in Asia about Obama’s speech tomorrow. (No pressure, Mr. Speechwriter!)

Here’s the email that has been sent to local media in Hong Kong.

What do you think?

Seeking your reaction to President Obama’s speech

Greetings from the American Consulate General in Hong Kong. As you may have heard, tomorrow morning (Saturday) from 9:00-9:45 AM, U.S. President Obama will give a speech that focuses on his Asia policy. CNN International and Hong Kong Cable TV plan to broadcast the speech live. I urge you to watch the President’s speech. In case you miss it, we will also post the text of President Obama’s speech on our website as soon as it is available. The link to our website home page is: http://hongkong.usconsulate.gov

When speaking about U.S. foreign relations, President Obama has said that “there must be a sustained effort to listen to each other; to learn from each other; to respect one another; and to seek common ground.” In this spirit, I would like to relay your feedback on the President’s speech back to Washington, DC. Please reply to this email ([email protected]) by Monday noon and tell me:

1) What is your reaction to President Obama’s speech?

2) How do you think the President’s speech will be viewed in Hong Kong and Beijing?

3) President Obama’s Cairo Speech was seen as a transformative event in U.S. relations with the Muslim world. Do you think the Asia speech will have a similar impact on the countries in Asia?

Thanks and best regards,

Joe Bookbinder

Director, Public Affairs

U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong

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