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Connecting with Personal Finance Sites

The White House gathered together twenty-four financial journalists for an in-depth discussion on economic policies at the first Personal Finance Online Summit.

Last Wednesday, the White House gathered a group of editors and writers from an array of personal finance and financial news websites for an afternoon of policy briefings and candid dialogue around ways to communicate more effecitvely with citizens online who are feeling their wallets pinched in these economic times.

Much of the afternoon involved a variety of policy briefings from senior officials including CEA Chair Austan Goolsbee adressing the economic recovery,  CTO Aneesh Chopra explaining the Startup America Partnership, policy advisor Heather Zichal speaking to gas prices and the Administration's energy policy, Elizabeth Warren providing a consumer protections update, and NEC Director Gene Sperling covering fiscal policy.  President Obama surprised the group by dropping by to welcome guests and take a few questions. 

The President at the Personal Finance Online Summit

President Barack Obama drops by the Personal Finance Online Summit in Room 430 of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, June 8, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The summit was part of an ongoing series aimed to reach out to communities online, such as previous discussions with African-American and Latino-focused online publishers, as well as editors of prominent women's sites
Thanks to everyone who took the time to attend the event: