Ben Wright tweets from official White House welcome for PM Justin Trudeau
'This is a once in a lifetime opportunity,' says Islander at Trudeau's White House welcome
Former Island resident Ben Wright spent the morning and early afternoon tweeting pictures and his observations of U.S. President Barack Obama official welcome of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for a state visit at the White House.
Wright was selected to be part of a social media team that used the hashtag #WHSocial to share their experience from the event.
Not bad for a phone camera zoom. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WHSocial?src=hash">#WHSocial</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CanadaVisit?src=hash">#CanadaVisit</a> <a href="https://t.co/roqiGBMZpv">pic.twitter.com/roqiGBMZpv</a>—@BenWrightATL
"I'm excited, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity," Wright told Island Morning host Matt Rainnie as he stood in line waiting to go through security and take his place on the South Lawn.
Wright posted to his Twitter account @BenWrightATL as he made his way through security and got closer to the South Lawn.
Wright was invited to the White House after responding to a Twitter invitation seeking people interested in covering the event through social media. The group was selected from 1200-1300 applicants.
"What an honor," Wright wrote in a tweet.
Wright works in communications at the Georgia Institute of Technology and posted about the event on his Twitter account at @BenWrightATL.
Apparently the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WHSocial?src=hash">#WHSocial</a> participants were chosen from 1200-1300 applicants. What an honor. 2 of us are Atlanta-based <a href="https://twitter.com/WakeForest">@WakeForest</a> grads.—@BenWrightATL
Wright said there are a lot of Canadian flags flying all over Washington. He is representing his home country by wearing a green lapel pin made from the old copper roof from the Parliament buildings in Ottawa.
Wright was excited for the day, and told Rainnie he hoped to get as close as he could to Obama and Trudeau to get some good pictures.
Wright tweeted the group was closer than some members of the media.
"There they are. @POTUS @JustinTrudeau. Mind blown. #WHSocial #CanadaVisit," he tweeted.
Our merry <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WHSocial?src=hash">#WHSocial</a> crew, waiting to go in. <a href="https://t.co/8JDU9kic5N">pic.twitter.com/8JDU9kic5N</a>—@BenWrightATL
Following the official welcome, the #WHSocial team met digital medial teams for Trudeau and Obama in the Eisenhower Building to get some insights into their digital media strategy.
Wright revealed some of the wisdon:
"Prime Minister Office strategy for social media is have fun, but don't be irreverent. Don't try to be cool," he tweeted.
<a href="https://twitter.com/Ashley_VDP">@Ashley_VDP</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/BenWrightATL">@BenWrightATL</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/WomenInTheArts">@WomenInTheArts</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/skrishna">@skrishna</a> social media gurus hanging out <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WHsocial?src=hash">#WHsocial</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/WhiteHouse">@WhiteHouse</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ohCanada?src=hash">#ohCanada</a> <a href="https://t.co/JyeTC37wkm">pic.twitter.com/JyeTC37wkm</a>—@rhechristine