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Obama to Take Questions on YouTube

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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 (s GOOG).

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, 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

5 Responses to “Obama to Take Questions on YouTube”

  1. Alan MacDonald

    David Brooks’ column in today’s NYT conflates current American populism as “punishing the elites” — whereas it’s really the same as colonial American populism in ‘exposing and confronting EMPIRE’ with democracy.

    Here’s how Obama could win a second term, or four like FDR (if it were still legal) and be as popular as George Washington for winning the Revolution against the British Empire, if he has the guts to level with the American people (and coincidentally save our democracy):

    Here’s the single, seminal, and underlying ‘cause’ of all these problematic ‘issues’ that Obama has to level with the American people about to restore his credibility, and coincidentally save our democracy: —- its not health care, nor the economy, nor the wars, nor the hundred other distractive symptomatic ‘identity issues’ that are ALL caused by the exact same hidden metastasizing tumor of cancer.

    It begins with an ‘E’, but “its not the Economy stupid” —- it’s EMPIRE.

    In his “State of the (democratic) Union’ he should forcefully point out that today we’re almost totally controlled by a previously well hidden corporatist EMPIRE — now made more visible by the supreme court’s treason of literally handing over our country to the Empire overtly.

    While this problem can not be solved by any quick legislative or other means, that he will actually ‘lead’ and solve this (and all our other problems caused by Empire) and he will do it by moving to the Green (independent) Party (which does not accept corrupting corporate Empire money), and then Obama should challenge all those he is addressing in Congress, who have the guts to represent us (and the U.S.) to follow him and shun the hopelessly corrupted and ‘bought’ Dem/Rep single corporate Empire’s two-faced phony party.

    Alan MacDonald
    Sanford, Maine