You could say today was a very ~Spicy~ day because we began it by hearing from Sean Spicer, the White House Press Secretary in 2017 for the Trump Administration. It was an amazing opportunity to hear from him considering all of his accomplishments. Spicer gave us a look into the Trump administration and his time spent there, and what it entails to be the Press Secretary. Spicer also helped us better understand the unique approach Trump takes with the press and his use of Twitter. We then heard from Michael Steele, the former Chairman of the Republican National Committee, and MSNBC Political Analyst. Steele gave us a different perspective on the Republican party as well as President Trump, and some foresight into the 2020 election. Last, we heard from a panel comprised of Jen Psaki (former White House Communications Director, Obama Administration), Tony Fratto (former White House Deputy Press Secretary, Bush Administration), and Kate Andersen Brower (author: “The Residence,” “First Women,” and “First in Line: Presidents, Vice Presidents and the Pursuit of Power”).
In the afternoon we headed to the Newseum, a museum dedicated to the preservation of and education about journalism throughout history. We embarked on a group activity which required us to find different exhibits and Tweet out an image of them. A Twitter scavenger hunt! Our group didn’t win, but we did find lots of cool stuff (the FBI exhibit was my favorite).
To finish up the evening we trecked through the Mall to the Kennedy Center to watch a show! We saw Dumi Right, a Zimbabwean hip hop artist dedicated to cultural infusion. It was very entertaining, to say the least. We then hopped on the metro back to The Washington Center!