SOTU 2.0? Obama to Take Online Questions Post-Speech

Jan 26, 2010 8:47am

ABC News' Sunlen Miller reports:  The White House announced this morning that they will be holding an online town hall – of sorts – the week after the President’s State of the Union address, so that Americans can get their follow-up questions about the president’s speech answered. Dubbed by the White House the “State of the Union 2.0″ people are instructed to submit questions – via text or video – via YouTube at the address: YouTube.com/CitizenTube. The submitted questions will be voted on and others chosen by YouTube. The President will answer questions in a “special online event,” live from the White House sometime next week. White House aides say that the president will answer questions in an interview format, similar to the online town hall he held in March of last year. “It will be the first time that citizens will have the opportunity to ask follow-up questions during the speech — and to hear the president's response to those questions,” YouTube announced this morning via a paper statement, “during our live broadcast of the State of the Union on Citizentube, we'll open up a Moderator series for you to submit your questions for the president in video or in text (if you have the time, we'd prefer video). Over the following few days, you'll be able to submit additional questions and vote on your favorites too.” Last week the White House launched a free iPhone app for the White House – where people can watch the President’s State of the Union Address tomorrow night live. “Many Americans will react to the speech with questions, comments, and concerns,” Macon Phillips from the White House blogs on the White House website this morning, “From our live webstream to a free iPhone app, the White House is using technology to make sure the President's State of the Union Address reaches as many people as possible.  Now we are excited to announce how President Obama will also be using the web to offer the public a direct and participatory way to communicate back to him.” -Sunlen Miller

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