White House Squeezed in Libya Speech Before DWTS

Networks consulted over timing of Obama speech
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 29, 2011 3:46 AM CDT
President Obama leaves the stage with plenty of time to catch "Dancing with the Stars" after his Libya speech at the National Defense University in Washington Monday night.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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(Newser) – President Obama's speech making the case for intervention in Libya came after some high-level talks—with TV networks. The White House and network officials agreed on a 7:30pm ET slot, which ensured ABC would still be able to broadcast Dancing with the Stars at 8pm as planned, reports the New York Times.

"The White House routinely works with the networks in circumstances like these to find a time that’s respectful of both the networks and their audience—while ensuring that the president has the platform he needs to deliver an important message to the American people," a White House spokesman said in a statement. Click to read highlights of Obama's speech.

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