It used to be that if you didn’t watch the news or subscribe to the local newspaper you would miss out. Now it looks like you’ll be missing out if you aren’t a YouTube user. That’s right! President Obama is giving YouTubers a sneak peak at Tuesday’s State of the Union address that you won’t find in the newspapers or on your local news.
Obama says that he’s still working on Tuesday’s speech but, “because you guys [YouTubers, social media users, etc.] have been there from the start, because it was your passion and vision that helped get me to the White House, I just wanted to give you a little bit of a preview of what I’m going to be saying.” As you surely remember, Obama was a true pioneer of using social media in politics. He used Facebook, YouTube and Twitter as major platforms for spreading the word about his campaign back in 2008 and it is only fitting that he has continued to use YouTube throughout his office.
In his State of the Union Preview, the President talks about the jobs that have been created over the past year, and the fact that the stock market is back up and corporate profits are healthy again. However, he admits that there is still a lot of work that needs to be done and lets viewers know about his principal focus on creating jobs and ensuring that the economy is working for everyone and that the American Dream is attainable to everyone who is willing to work for it.
Of course, you’ll have to tune in on Tuesday night for Obama’s full State of the Union address. You’ll be able to watch on television, but the speech will also be streaming live on YouTube. You can also submit questions via YouTube for an interview with the President that will also stream live on YouTube a couple of days after his State of the Union, on Thursday January 27 at 2:30 PM ET.
What do you think of the ways in which Obama is using YouTube to connect and communicate with his constituents? Will you be watching his address and subsequent interview on YouTube?