Even if you're not a fan of President Obama, you still have to admit this is rather cool: the President of the United States will conduct a live, multi-person video chat using Google+ Hangouts next week. The news follows just two weeks after The White House joined Google+, and just a day before the President presents his latest State of the Union speech (9:00 p.m. EST on YouTube.com/whitehouse or on WhiteHouse.gov/sotu).
"Starting immediately after the speech, the White House will be using social media and other online resources to answer questions from the American public and respond to your ideas about rebuilding America," the White House stated on Monday while also providing a schedule. "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."
Then on Monday, January 30, the President will join a special Google+ Hangout session from the West Wing and answer several of the most popular questions that have been submitted through YouTube. Those wishing to submit a question to President Obama can do so starting Monday, January 23 until Saturday, January 28. Simply visit the White House YouTube channel to submit questions and vote on favorites. Some of the people who submit questions will even be invited to join the President in the Hangout and take part in the live conversation.
"The Google+ Hangout with President Obama culminates a full week of online engagement with the White House," reads the public announcement. "It also marks the first in a series of White House Hangouts that will cover a range of topics and issues. Follow the White House on Google+ for the latest on White House Hangouts."
In related news, Obama fans who want a ringtone of the President singing Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" at the Apollo Theater in New York City can scoop up the sound byte here.