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Why President Obama Was Held Back a Year Before Starting Code School

theodp writes: Microsoft is boasting that UK Prime Minister David Cameron learned to code during this year’s Hour of Code thanks to its Minecraft-themed tutorial, much like US President Barack Obama learned to code during 2014’s Hour of Code thanks to Disney’s Frozen Princess-themed tutorial. Interestingly, according to a recent Quora post by Code.org CEO Hadi Partovi, plans to have President Obama ‘learn to code’ a year earlier were torpedoed by the Healthcare.gov debacle. “We launched the first Hour of Code campaign, in 2013,” explains Partovi. “We launched the first Hour of Code on the home page of Google, in every Apple Store, and we had convinced the President to issue a speech about computer science. But it was impossible to get the president to actually write any code that year — the administration had just launched its Healthcare.gov website, and after the infamous technical failures, nobody wanted the visual of website failing while the President is learning to code.”


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