08/31/2015 10:24 am ET

Behind The Scenes At Millennial-Focus Mic

On Thursday August 6, Jake Horowitz spent three hours in the White House's library, waiting for the president to arrive. 

Michelle Obama's glam squad had already powdered his nose. He sipped water and thumbed an issue of The New Yorker, trying to stave off nerves.

Horowitz, 27, was about to conduct his third-ever video interview for a website he cofounded four years earlier, Mic. The president had only granted two media interviews that day, twenty minutes to CNN and twenty minutes to Horowitz, and Horowitz was only given one week to prepare.

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