Obama to Take Questions on YouTube

President Obama, who will give his State of the Union address tomorrow, will go online the following week to directly answer questions from the Internet. And when he does, he’ll be appearing on the biggest online video platform there is: YouTube.

YouTube will be streaming tomorrow’s State of the Union speech live beginning at 8 p.m. ET on its Citizentube channel, along with commentary from General Wesley Clark, economist Nouriel Roubini, Newsweek Editor Fareed Zakari and NASA climatologist Jim Hansen. But the site will also open up its Moderator function to allow users to submit questions for the president. Other users can vote on the queries, the final selection of which he will answer in his followup event next week, the timing of which has yet to be announced.

Interestingly, Obama’s question-and-answer session won’t be held on WhiteHouse.gov, where the administration recently rolled out a series of live video chats with senior officials. Indeed,
the YouTube event is just the latest in an ongoing effort by the administration to use online video to reach American citizens. Obama’s inauguration drew millions of viewers online, and the president has streamed key addresses online, including the news conference following his first 100 days in office. The president also makes his weekly address available online through WhiteHouse.gov.

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