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Obama Conducting Second Google Hangout on Thursday

Google reports that President Barak Obama will conduct his second Hangout on Google Plus this Thursday at 4:50pm EST. It will follow his State of the Union speech to Congress Tuesday night, giving Americans enough time to submit questions stemming from the President's address or other concerns via the White House YouTube channel.

Much like the Fireside Hangouts held by Vice President Biden and Domestic Policy Director Cecilia Munoz over the past few weeks, the President’s Fireside Hangout will see the President joined by a seasoned panel who regularly discuss important issues of the day online, Google said.

As before, interested participants can submit either a video or text-based question to the President. Participants can then vote on the questions they want the President to address until 11:59pm EST on Wednesday, February 13. Those chosen will get to ask the President their own question in real-time during the Hangout.

"Looking for inspiration for your question? Watch the President’s State of the Union speech on YouTube tomorrow night at 9pm EST, as well as the Republican response from Senator Marco Rubio directly afterwards," Google said.

The actual Hangout session will take place this Thursday on the White House Google+ page or YouTube channel.

President Obama's first Google Plus Hangout took place over a year ago on January 30, 2012. At the time, the social network's senior vice president of engineering Vic Gundotra said the team was nervous about the session because "a lot of unusual circumstances make this broadcast even more challenging." He said you can't just walk into the West Wing of the White House and set up computer equipment.

Yet after some slight technical difficulties at the very beginning lasting just over two minutes, the first Google Plus Hangout broadcast publicly with President Barack Obama lasted just over 49 minutes and was deemed "nearly flawless". Google shouldn't have any troubles this time around the block given the White House's apparent love for Hangouts.


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