Are you as excited about the promise of bipartisan seating for tonight’s State of the Union address as you are about the many options to watch, and interact, online? Well, you should be. Thinking of sitting down on the couch to watch the speech on your TV screen? So 20th century. Get with it and follow our quick rundown of the hottest URLs and social networks to tune into tonight to debate, hear and see President Barack Obama‘s speech before Congress, and the nation.
First, the details: The president will address a joint session of Congress from the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol tonight, Tuesday, January 25, 2011, at 9 p.m. Eastern Time, 6 p.m. Pacific Time. The speech, entitled “Winning the Future,” was previewed on YouTube and should last about one hour.
- WhiteHouse.Gov is offering an “enhanced viewing experience” where you can see data displayed on charts and graphs as the president speaks. Pre-gamers can visit the site now to learn more about who will sit in the First Lady’s box, scroll through State of the Union facts, and watch a video on the makings of a State of the Union address. Immediately following the speech, the site will host a series of panels with White House officials through Facebook, Twitter and the Web site itself. Later this week, tweeters can visit the site to follow @PressSec to question Press Secretary Robert Gibbs before his daily press briefing and submit questions for the President’s YouTube interview on Thursday.
- PBS’s NewsHour is hosting an Annotated State of the Union in partnership with UStream to bring analysis during and after the president’s address by NewsHour correspondents and experts on a variety of topics.” NewsHour’s UStream video will also be embeddable.
- On the other side of the aisle from the president, newly-elected Speaker of the House John Boehner’s press staff will be blogging at Speaker.gov/blog with commentary about and fact-checking the President’s address. Republican Members of Congress will also be responding comments on Twitter and Facebook and recording video replies to constituent questions, which they’ll post to YouTube, specifically Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s channel
- For a more cut-and-dry take on the speech, you can check out Hulu’s embeddable live stream, or watch on C-SPAN, which will also offer enhanced coverage via its Twitter account, including keeping track of members’ tweets throughout the evening.
- Facebook is set to aggregate on its politics page the reactions from members, while also polling users about their thoughts before, during and after the speech. And here are the top five ways to follow the speech on Twitter.
Will the President’s speech live up to its billing as the “most wired” speech ever? Is this now, officially, the “Presidency 2.0?” Tell us what you think in the comments?