President Obama to answer questions in Google+ Hangout on Jan. 30


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President Obama is back on social media like it’s 2008 -- when the Technology blog described him as ‘the first social media president.’

The president has a presence on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram and Google+ -- both for his reelection bid and for official White House communications. You can even download a ringtone for your smartphone of Obama singing Al Green’s ‘Let’s Stay Together’ from a recent New York campaign fundraiser.


Next up is the first Presidential Google+ Hangout.

Obama will take part in a hangout video chat with up to nine other Google+ users on Jan. 30.

The hangout will cap a week of White House officials’ fielding questions across Facebook, Twitter and Google+ about the president’s annual State of the Union speech, to be delivered Tuesday.

And while the focus of the conversation is likely to be on the State of the Union, anyone can submit a question on just about any topic to Obama this week on Google+ and YouTube, the White House and YouTube said in separate blog posts.

YouTube posted even published a video promoting the event Monday showing scenes of tea party, Occupy Wall Street and Arab Spring protests, coverage of the death of Osama Bin Laden and the end of the Iraq War, as well as a brief voiceover from a gay Air Force lieutenant.

‘If you could hang out with President Obama, what would you ask him? Would your question be about jobs or unemployment? The threat of nuclear weapons? Immigration reform? Whatever your question is, submit it on YouTube for the opportunity to ask the president directly in a special interview over a Google+ Hangout from the White House,’ YouTube said.

Of course, Obama won’t answer all the questions submitted through the White House YouTube channel, but he will answer ‘several of the most popular questions’ the White House said, and a small number of those who submit questions will be invited to join the president in the video chat.



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-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles

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