Reichert, mayors to meet with Obama

Robert Reichert
Robert Reichert

Macon Mayor Robert Reichert traveled to Washington, D.C., Thursday evening to join a group from the U.S. Conference of Mayors that will meet today with President Obama.

About 70 mayors from across the country are scheduled to meet with Obama and Vice President Biden for 45 minutes this morning in the East Room of the White House.

“I don’t know quite what all is going to be discussed,” said Andrew Blascovich, Reichert’s spokesman.

The mayors also will meet with Attorney General Eric Holder Jr., Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and White House senior staff, according to the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Following the White House meeting, the group will gather for a session with directors of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Energy Weatherization Program and U.S. Department of Justice COPS Office.

The mayors’ time in the capital will give them a chance to schmooze with Obama administration officials as the president’s stimulus spending plan starts to come on line.

Blascovich said the U.S. Conference of Mayors, an organization that represents the chief elected officials of cities with more than 30,000 people, e-mailed an invitation to the event Thursday morning.

Although Blascovich initially was dismissive of the invite, suspecting it was spam, he said when the mayor called back for more information he was told the White House had asked that he be included on the list. Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin also is making the trip from Georgia.

Reichert was among local Democrats who endorsed Obama’s candidacy during last year’s presidential race.

To contact writer Matt Barnwell, call 744-4251.