A quick note on the White House + #BringBackOurGirls

A quick note on the White House + #BringBackOurGirls

Full disclosure: I have not spoken with any of my former White House colleagues about the situation in Nigeria.

I am seeing a fair amount of angst on social media asking what President Obama is doing to #BringBackOurGirls.

This reminded me of other situations we confronted in my time in the White House – where the lives of prisoners of conscience or other threatened persons hung in the balance.

In these situations, we – various White House offices, the State Department, and senior officials up to and including the President himself – were often working overtime to resolve them. But disclosing that work would actually compromise the ultimate goal, even threatening human life.

I remember being very frustrated that I could not respond to concerned friends and outside advocates with a loud, “We’re doing everything we can!” But still just working, as hard as we could, to get the best possible result.

Again, I don’t know what’s happening at NSS or State now. But I do know that President Obama is a father of two young ladies who would remind many of these missing girls. The man I know is likely very concerned, and doing whatever he can to bring them back.

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  1. C Yates

    thank you for the perspective and good reminder. sometimes it is easy to forget that not everything can be disclosed as those who can do what they can. especially for those of us who feel helpless and horrified as we hug our daughters tight.

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