Who’s Watching President Obama’s Video Message to the People of the Ivory Coast?

Apr 1, 2011 11:55am

“They eyes of the world are on Côte d'Ivoire,” President Obama says in a video message to the people if Ivory coast posted on the White House website on March 25. ”You deserve a future of hope, not fear.” The president makes it clear that the US recognizes President Alassane Ouattara as the democratically elected leader of the nation, and calls upon Laurent Gbagbo to step down. “Now Côte d'Ivoire is at a crossroad,” the president says. “Two paths lay ahead: one path is where Laurent Gbagbo and his supporters cling to power, which will only lead to more violence, more innocent civilians being wounded and killed, and more diplomatic and economic isolation. Or Côte d'Ivoire can take another path.” President Obama encouraged Gbagbo to follow “the example of leaders who reject violence and abide by the will of the people.” “You deserve a future of hope, not fear,” the president said. “You deserve leaders, like President Ouattara, who can restore your country’s rightful place in the world.  You deserve the chance to determine your own destiny.  It is time for democracy in Côte d'Ivoire.  And those who choose that path will have a friend and partner in the United States of America.” Côte d'Ivoire is not exactly Palo Alto, so I wondered just how many citizens would actually see the president’s message on their computers. The White House tracks these things rather closely, I was told. First off, the message was used on television and radio, and the Ambassador reported back that the message had an impact through those more traditional media. In terms of views, the White House says there were 6,476 views in Côte d'Ivoire; 6.592 in France where there’s an Ivory Coast diaspora community, and 14,147 views in the US. The White House also provided these screen shots showing some of the information they monitor. (NOTE: Click on the images for a larger version). This first one shows 44,012 total views, with 9,572 views in Africa:
This next one shows the countries where there has been the most viewership: the US, Côte d'Ivoire, and France in top three, with Canada, UK, and Germany next in line:
This last one tracks “engagement” – in other words, who’s commenting and what they’re saying. There’s a word cloud of the most used words in comments, and a chart showing where the commenters are posting from:
 -Jake Tapper    

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