This morning, the President and the First Lady will welcome President Lee Myung-bak and First Lady Kim Yoon-ok of the Republic of Korea to the White House for a State Visit. The Visit begins with an arrival ceremony on the South Lawn, a tradition that started during the Kennedy Administration to formally welcome a visiting head of state.
Today’s arrival ceremony for the Republic of Korea -- one of the most wired nations in the world -- marks the largest White House Tweetup to date. Korean and American citizens are active users of social media and both the Blue House, the Republic of Korea’s Presidential office and residence, and the White House utilize social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook, to engage with citizens.
Hundreds of White House fans and followers are gathering on the South Lawn now to attend the ceremony. Tweetup attendees, or Tweeple, are sharing their experience through their own networks using the hashtags #WHTweetup and #AtTheWH. You can follow the event on Twitter, watch the State Arrival live at 9:00 a.m. EDT on WhiteHouse.gov/live and keep up with the Tweetup on Storify which we’ll update throughout the day.
The State Arrival Tweetup marks the fifth White House Tweetup, past Tweetups have included a Twitter Town Hall with President Obama, a Town Hall with the President at University of Maryland, a Tweetup Briefing with Press Secretary Jay Carney and most recently, a Let's Move! Tweetup for the First Lady's garden harvest. Follow @WhiteHouse on Twitter and like us on Facebook for upcoming chances to attend White House Tweetups.