Jayhawk, White House staff member reunite during Obama’s visit

Posted on Jan 26, 2015 in Alumni News and News

Photo by Nick Krug for the Lawrence Journal-World

Seven-year-old Addison Moore of Prairie Village landed a big interview last week for the Marvel News, published by Mr. Martin’s second-grade class at Belinder Elementary School: Josh Earnest, White House press secretary. Addison’s father, Adam Moore, and Earnest have been friends since their middle school and high school years in Kansas City.

During the interview, Earnest had a question for Addison. Would she and her family like to see the president during his stop in Lawrence?

Sure enough, Adam, Addison, her siblings Peyton and Tyler, and Adam’s mother, Sally Pollock, had front-row seats Jan. 22 for Obama’s speech in KU’s Anschutz Sports Pavilion. Before the president arrived, the family shared a brief conversation and hugs with Earnest.

Adam Moore, l’00, an attorney with the law firm of Rasmussen, Willis, Dickey & Moore in Kansas City, Mo., says Earnest’s values and personality have remained steady despite his quick rise to national prominence. Earnest, who graduated from Rice University in Houston, began working for Obama in 2007.

“Josh is one of the most genuine people I have ever met, and I know that quality has served him well as press secretary,” Moore says. “He works very long hours at the White House, so it was particularly special to get to spend some time with him today in Lawrence on his 40th birthday.

“KU should be commended for hosting a magnificent event. … I was particularly proud to be a Jayhawk today!”

Adam Moore and children Tyler, Addison and Peyton | www.kualumni.org
Moore kids and Josh Earnest during recent presidential visit to Kansas City | www.kualumni.org
Photo Credits
Top: Adam Moore, l’00; his daughters, Addison, 7, and Peyton, 10; and his mother, Sally Pollock, helped welcome President Barack Obama to KU Jan. 22, thanks to Adam’s longtime friendship with Josh Earnest, White House press secretary. Photo by Nick Krug for the Lawrence Journal-World.

Center: Adam Moore and his children Tyler, 11, Addison and Peyton. Photo courtesy of Adam Moore.

Bottom: The Moore children also saw Earnest during a recent presidential visit to Kansas City, Mo. Photo courtesy of Adam Moore.

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