January 21st, 2009
08:49 AM ET
8 months ago

Change In the Air(waves)

Obama's weekly transition addresses -- like the one above -- were all posted on YouTube.
Obama's weekly transition addresses - like the one above - were all posted on YouTube.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Welcome to the YouTube White House.

In one of many signs of “change” in the air, President Obama has officially tweaked the name of a White House institution, the Weekly Radio Address, which has been heard on stations across the nation each Saturday for years.

Now it’s officially known as “President Barack Obama’s Weekly Video Address,” according to whitehouse.gov.

“President Barack Obama plans to publish a weekly video address every Saturday morning of his presidency,” says the official Web site.

During the transition, Obama taped a weekly video address that his team posted on YouTube to try showcase what supporters call a hipper approach with new forms of media.

And unlike the old radio address, which has traditionally just been a boilerplate report from presidents of each party about an issue in the news, Obama occasionally broke some news himself in the transition reports - recently using it to reveal a new figure for how many jobs he wants to create in his first two years in office.


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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Bill

    Has anyone on the planet ever actually listened to the Weekly Radio Address?

    January 21, 2009 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  2. vic

    The name change will encourage people to listen – and the postings on you tube and other forms of media menas he truly means to keep us informed.

    January 21, 2009 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  3. Obamas

    With the Obamas, the world can only get better, economically, morally and spiritually, more peaceful and Godly. They are the roles models for the rest of mankind, all of us. Right, only time can tell, as human nature is sinful, selfish and greedy, for hundreds or thousands of years?

    January 21, 2009 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  4. good

    we need more Palin

    January 21, 2009 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  5. Taniel

    In more political news, the very first poll from Ohio's Senate race was released. It found a wide open race with a slight edge to Republican Rob Portman. Obama might have been inaugurated, but elections never stop!

    January 21, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  6. Lisa Raye

    what is great about this, is that I will probley watch them but I have never listen to a weekly radio address.

    January 21, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  7. arc, Lugano CH

    Perhaps President Obama should do both, to keep with tradition while using new technology to change with the times. The weekly radio address is like an old but warm sweater.

    January 21, 2009 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  8. rob

    Finally a President for the real world and the Future .I doubt anyone ever listen to Bush–the man never had a word to say that you wanted to hear to begin with.

    And no we don't need anymore Palin.She's like an old shoe that needs to be tossed out .

    January 21, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |