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Reminder: President Obama Speaks on Google+ Today

By - Source: The White House | B 31 comments

President Obama will soon be on Google+, answering questions live from the White House.

As previously reported, this afternoon at 5:30pm EST, President Obama will host his very own Google+ Hangout, answering five select questions that were submitted to him via YouTube. These questions were chosen based on viewer ratings.

The session itself won't be open for everyone to participate one-on-one with the president. Instead, only five fellow American questioners have been invited to participate directly with the Commander in Chief personally. Still, attending viewers can comment on his answers in real time although there's a good chance offending remarks may be filtered out of the stream.

The Google+ Hangout event will take place in just a few short hours here on The White House's Google+ page. The latest entry shows a picture of staff members preparing for the event in the Roosevelt Room of the West Wing. This will be president Obama's first "completely virtual interview from the White House."

"The Google+ Hangout with President Obama culminates a full week of online engagement with the White House," the White House stated last week just before president Obama's State of the Union Address. "It also marks the first in a series of White House Hangouts that will cover a range of topics and issues."

YouTube parent company Google claims that the White House had no role in the choice of questions that will be addressed this afternoon. Instead, Google's team chose questions from among the most top-rated of those submitted. The team also made sure that there was a balance between several different issue categories. Questions will be provided to the President in the form of videos, live video and text.

Will President Obama bring Google+ to its knees. We'll find out shortly!

UPDATE: Viewers will see the Google+ Hangouts interview via a YouTube live stream.

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    anonymous32111 , January 30, 2012 7:06 PM
    Wonder how he is going to tip-toe around the legalization of marijuana this time.. If its anything like the last youtube 'Interview with the President'.

    Seriously, about time something is done about this.
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    memadmax , January 30, 2012 7:11 PM
    Yay..............................
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    Ragnar-Kon , January 30, 2012 7:13 PM
    anonymous32111Wonder how he is going to tip-toe around the legalization of marijuana this time.. If its anything like the last youtube 'Interview with the President'.Seriously, about time something is done about this.

    Personally, if I were him, I would leave it up to the individual states to decide. Just too much of a divide in the country right now to make a federal decision about it.

    I expect a repeat on the State of the Union, so I am more curious to see whether the G+ servers crash or not.
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    gokanis , January 30, 2012 7:16 PM
    mew
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    Albyint , January 30, 2012 7:17 PM
    Yea, he will be answering questions from the public. As long all the ones asking the important questions are censored. The marijuana questions being pulled is very annoying. Though, Im sure more than just the marijuana legalization question has been censored/filtered.
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    aaron88_7 , January 30, 2012 7:25 PM
    Ragnar-KonPersonally, if I were him, I would leave it up to the individual states to decide.

    California and many other states have already made this decision, it is the federal laws that need changing, not state laws. Besides, didn't Obama's administration already say they would remove any questions regarding medical marijuana? God forbid he answer a real question!
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    keyanf , January 30, 2012 7:27 PM
    "Instead, only five fellow American questioners have been invited to participate directly with the Commander in Chief personally. "

    By which, anyone who followed his last campaign knows, means "prewritten easy questions with prepared answers", because Obama doesn't need to repeat "spread the wealth" in a campaign year.
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    keyanf , January 30, 2012 7:28 PM
    Ragnar-KonPersonally, if I were him, I would leave it up to the individual states to decide. Just too much of a divide in the country right now to make a federal decision about it.I expect a repeat on the State of the Union, so I am more curious to see whether the G+ servers crash or not.


    But you're not him. Obama is anything BUT a federalist.
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    kawininjazx , January 30, 2012 7:28 PM
    Reminder: Avoid Google+ today.
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    DroKing , January 30, 2012 7:30 PM
    Obama is a fake till the day he owns up to marijauana issue. IT IS THE MAJOR DRAIN ON OUR SYSTEM! all of the small time offenders in the jail draining our taxes for what!? to keep the private prison owners happy?! they do nothing for us as society.
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    alidan , January 30, 2012 7:30 PM
    question 1. us extradition for linking to copyrighted material of a colage student, in the uk, who broke no laws where he lived.

    question 2. pot legalization.

    question 3. pot jail and billions on non violent criminals.

    question 4. state spending more money on prison inmates than collage students.

    question 5. pot legalization, 850,000k in prison for pot offenses, and 10 billion+spent on enforcing pot laws.

    those are the top 5, now will he answer any of them or dance around them... cant wait to hear.
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    alidan , January 30, 2012 7:33 PM
    Ragnar-KonPersonally, if I were him, I would leave it up to the individual states to decide. Just too much of a divide in the country right now to make a federal decision about it.I expect a repeat on the State of the Union, so I am more curious to see whether the G+ servers crash or not.

    50%+ support its legalization, 85%+ support if for medical use.
    some states ok it for medical use, but because of federal laws its still illegal for them to use it.

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    hoofhearted , January 30, 2012 7:45 PM
    He need to do something about this:
    https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2187rank.html
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    DroKing , January 30, 2012 7:47 PM
    hoofheartedHe need to do something about this:https://www.cia.gov/library/publica [...] 7rank.html


    Wow USA is 197th? That is terrrrrrible.
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    alidan , January 30, 2012 7:50 PM
    hoofheartedHe need to do something about this:https://www.cia.gov/library/publica [...] 7rank.html


    all we need to do to eliminate that is cut military spending in half, and make more cost effective decisions with the money we do spend, and we may double china...

    but you have to understand, america doesn't take a profit from taxes, they have to spend every cent somewhere, so the best we could do is hit 0, no surplus not debt.
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    koga73 , January 30, 2012 7:56 PM
    nobody cares all he wants is votes anyways
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    Ragnar-Kon , January 30, 2012 8:06 PM
    aaron88_7California and many other states have already made this decision, it is the federal laws that need changing, not state laws. Besides, didn't Obama's administration already say they would remove any questions regarding medical marijuana? God forbid he answer a real question!

    Yeah I 100% agree. And I should have been more clear in what I said. They should take the drug off the Controlled Substances Act, and remove any other federal regulations banning its use. Instead, let the individual states decide whether they want marijuana legalized or not. I have a hunch most states will, but some of the super-conservative states will be very resistant to the legalization of it. But if the people in that state don't want it, then fine.
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    amdfreak , January 30, 2012 8:28 PM
    Is he getting money for using Google+ instead of other web services ?!
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    Hellbound , January 30, 2012 8:47 PM
    I've heard enough from President Obama. Listening to him only makes me upset..
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    captaincharisma , January 30, 2012 9:24 PM
    wow he is doing something for the google+ audience which just makes up a total of 5 people lol
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