White House uses social media in preps for the State of the Union
January 23rd, 2014
01:10 PM ET
7 months ago

White House uses social media in preps for the State of the Union

Washington (CNN) – Just days before President Barack Obama gives his annual State of the Union address, the White House is offering a rare look at the preparations for the speech.

The President's chief speechwriter, Cody Keenan, used the White House's Instagram account on Wednesday to release several pictures of the process that goes into writing the speech. Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett continued the behind-the-scenes look on Thursday with pictures listed under #InsideSOTU on Instagram as well as Twitter.

In one picture, Keenan posted a blurry picture of the President's text, complete with visible edits and revision marks. In another, a speechwriter, only identified as Laura, is pictured on the phone asking someone for permission to use a letter that person wrote to Obama.

Tuesday's speech will be Obama's fifth State of the Union address where he will lay out his agenda for the year. In recent weeks, he's referred to 2014 as the "Year of Action" where he's laid out his economic agenda for job creation and economic security. Economic issues are expected to be only part of the annual speech.

The Instagram pictures are not the only examples of social media the White House is using for next week's speech.

Google announced that Obama will participate in a "virtual whistlestop tour" with several Google+ Hangouts on Friday to discuss the issues mentioned in Tuesday's speech. Google is calling the event a "Presidential Hangout Road Trip" and is encouraging users with questions for the President to submit videos to YouTube or Google+ with the hashtag #AskObama2014.


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  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Google is calling the event a "Presidential Hangout Road Trip" and is encouraging users with questions for the President to submit videos to YouTube or Google+ with the hashtag #AskObama2014.
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    I just have one question to ask him: Mr. President, why don't you just call these republicans out and just call them economic terrorists and enemies of the U.S.?

    January 23, 2014 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  2. just asking

    where are the instagram pictures of obama and hillary clinton during the 9 hours our people were under attack and dying in benghazi? where are all the instagram pictures of them trying to save their lives? or was obama safe and sleeping in his bed, resting up for his busy day of camaign fund raising? and was hillary busy trying to in it on others while hiding under her desk?

    January 23, 2014 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    #OBAMALIAROFTHEYEAR

    "Obama has no agenda. ... ..."
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    I will remember that the next time anyone complains about "Obama's dictatorship", "communist agenda", or "failed economy."

    January 23, 2014 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  4. #Obama-Year-of-Smoke-and-Mirrors-Attacks-Blaming-Others-FAILURE

    The year will be the same as the last 5 years under Obama. Total FAILURE. Obamacare is the Democrat Disaster that will dominate the news and headlines as millions more lose their healthcare coverage and doctors. No amount of Obama-Democrat smoke and mirrors will be able to hide the train wreck.

    January 23, 2014 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  5. Silence DoGood

    @Rudy NYC
    #OBAMALIAROFTHEYEAR

    "Obama has no agenda. ... ..."
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    I will remember that the next time anyone complains about "Obama's dictatorship", "communist agenda", or "failed economy."
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    Right on the money. Conservative folks do not even listen to themselves talking. Apparently:
    He is a dictator in secret total control AND has done nothing.
    Government is too big AND we should add moral laws to regulate people.
    Personal welfare is bad because a few folks scam AND corporate welfare is good even when they scam regularly.
    Obama is destroying the military AND will use the military to control us.

    January 23, 2014 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    just asking

    where are the instagram pictures of obama and hillary clinton during the 9 hours our people were under attack and dying in benghazi?
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    FACT: You will never, not ever, be told the whereabouts of the POTUS and his top staff on the anniversary of 9/11.

    January 23, 2014 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  7. TONE

    Mr President i applaud your efforts sir you have whethered the storm under ridiculus opposition from the reapublicans. Well done sir.

    January 23, 2014 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  8. Silence DoGood

    @Rudy NYC
    just asking

    where are the instagram pictures of obama and hillary clinton during the 9 hours our people were under attack and dying in benghazi?
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    FACT: You will never, not ever, be told the whereabouts of the POTUS and his top staff on the anniversary of 9/11.
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    (hyperbole alert) I just asked the secret service where the President is right now and they won't tell me. Conspiracy!!
    I asked them for his birth certificate too.

    January 23, 2014 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  9. spike

    Pay no attention to what he says. Pay all attention to what he does. One of his themes will be income inequality. Maybe he should have waived off the over 4 million dollar Hawaiian vacation and donated the saving to offset income inequality. All talk, ALL LIES, ALL THE TIME.

    January 23, 2014 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  10. TONE

    @spike

    Pay no attention to what he says. Pay all attention to what he does. One of his themes will be income inequality. Maybe he should have waived off the over 4 million dollar Hawaiian vacation and donated the saving to offset income inequality. All talk, ALL LIES, ALL THE TIME.

    It's been a full decade and a half, and i cannot recall any truth coming from any republican politicians, how shameful.

    January 23, 2014 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  11. just basking

    Stock market at record highs, jobs restored, peaceful solution instead of sending kids to die for no bid military contracts, yea, horrible job. If you only knew how badly the gop despise you,..... it wouldn't matter would it?

    January 23, 2014 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |