+Jennifer Wedel disclosed to us today that the Deputy Chief of Staff from+The White House called her home to inform her that the President wanted to ensure that her unemployed husband’s resume was send to key contacts in the Dallas Fort Worth area.
During our second hangout interview with Jennifer she explained the news of the phone call and why she shared it with us first.
“I wanted to share that with you guys first before I talked to the media. I feel like I owed that to you guys were very open and you listened to me just kind of took me in and I appreciate that and wanted to show that to you guys. Thank you so much.”
After thanking the participants of the hangout, Jennifer admitted, “I found the national news is a lot pushier than the local news.”
The most important thing is that she felt community and acceptance in the group setting with other ordinary Google+ users. Perhaps this demonstrates a shift in where journalism is heading…
Yesterday, in a +Google+ hangout with, Jennifer disclosed that her husband, an engineer in the semi-conductor industry, was recently laid off. Here’s how the conversation played out during the hangout with the president.
“My question to you is to why does the government continue to issue and extend H-1B visas when there are tons of Americans just like my husband with no job?”
After trying to explain how the program worked and that there weren’t enough high tech engineers to fit certain job openings, Jennifer argued with the President stating that the experience her husband was having in the field was contrary to the President’s response.
“If you send me your husband’s resume, I’d be interested in finding out exactly what’s happening right there,” he stated. “The word we’re getting is somebody in that high-tech field, that kind of engineer, should be able to find something right away. And the H-1B should be reserved only for those companies who say they cannot find somebody in that particular field.”
Towards the end of the hangout, with over 250,000 views according to Google, the President reminded Jennifer, “I mean what I said. If you send me your husband’s resume I’d be interested in finding out what’s happening,”