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Teen magazine launches campaign for Obama interview

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Yeas and Nays,Politics,Jenny Rogers

Teen fashion queen Tavi Gevinson and her pert magazine Rookie are on a mission: to get President Obama to address the teenaged girls of America. Rookie's "Ask a Grown Man" series, which consists of a famous man answering reader questions on a webcam, has featured the likes of Jon Hamm, Judd Apatow, and Paul Rudd, and now they're after Obama.

Rookie editorial director Anaheed Alani came up with the idea last week and has since launched an all-out barrage of tweets asking Obama to participate. "He would be really good at it," Alani told Yeas & Nays. "Most men feel nervous talking to teen girls. I don't think he'd be nervous." (Indeed, an unnamed major movie star was scheduled to participate, but got cold feet at the last second, saying "he felt unqualified to answer the questions.") Question topics range from body image to the significance of "XO"s in text messages from one's boyfriend.

So far the campaign has gotten the attention of at least one person at the White House: Ronnie Cho, White House liaison to young Americans, tweeted his support for Rookie on Monday and called himself a "big fan" of Gevinson, who's been blogging since age 11. The White House did not respond for comment by press time.

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Jenny Rogers

Staff Reporter - Yeas & Nays
The Washington Examiner