On October 13, 2011, President Barack Obama will host President Lee Myung-bak of the Republic of Korea at the White House for a State Visit. This State Visit will highlight the strong alliance, global partnership, and deep economic ties between our two countries, and celebrate the strong bonds of friendship between the American and Korean people.
State Visits begin with an arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, a tradition that started during the Kennedy Administration to formally welcome a visiting head of state. The White House announced today that the arrival ceremony for the Republic of Korea, one of the most wired nations in the world, will mark the largest White House Tweetup yet. A Tweetup is an in-person meeting of people who use the social media to follow the White House, including Twitter and on Facebook. This Tweetup is an opportunity to attend the Arrival Ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House.
Registration opens at 3:00 p.m. EDT on September 28, 2011 on www.wh.gov/tweetup and will close at 11:00 a.m. EDT on September 29, 2011. Registration is for one person plus one guest. It is non-transferable. The White House will contact applicants via email with additional instructions to those that have been invited or added to the waitlist.
If you cannot come to the White House in Washington, D.C. to attend in person, you should not register for the Tweetup. You can follow the Tweetup on Twitter with the hashtag #WHTweetup. Check back on WhiteHouse.gov/Tweetup and follow @WhiteHouse for updates on upcoming Tweetups.
Update: The registration deadline has been extended to 5:00 p.m. EDT on September 29, 2011.