Obama to 'Hang Out' Online, Answer SOTU Questions

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Following Tuesday's State of the Union address, President Obama will be taking his message online, participating in a virtual video "hang out" to answer questions about his speech.

In an ongoing White House effort to maximize social media tools, the president will participate in a Google+ Hangout next Monday, January 30. The live video chat will mark the first all-virtual interview from the West Wing and cap a week of social media engagement that the White House is planning around the State of the Union.

"The president is committed to creating a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. That's why President Obama and more than twenty-five members of his administration will be responding to your questions about the speech all week and talking about the issues that matter most to you," according to the White House.

Obama will be answering video questions submitted through YouTube and will invite some of the questioners to "hang out" and participate in the live conversation.

The president will also be taking his message on the road with a three-day tour through five swing states later this week.

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