Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama appeared live on the computer screens of Americans across the country Monday, answering questions they had posed.
In an interview distributed on YouTube, the popular Internet video site, Obama lobbied for his job creation and clean energy plans while disputing one questioner's premise that he broke a campaign promise to conduct business in the open.
"People know more about the inner workings of this White House, the meetings we have," than they did under previous administrations, Obama said in response to a question from a man named Warren. "We have followed through on a lot of what we said, so Warren's mistaken in how he characterized it."
At the same time, Obama acknowledged that some later negotiations on health care reform occurred out of the public eye. He said that would change as he works with Congress in "the last five yards before we get to the goal-line."
"No secrets, no surprises," Obama said of the final health care proposals.
Washington (CNN) - For the past five days, 55,340 people asked 11,695 questions to President Barack Obama on YouTube. Voters then cast 643,507 votes to determine the top questions YouTube will ask Obama Monday at the White House in an unprecedented live interview streamed on YouTube.com/CitizenTube.
"Neither the President nor his staff will know which questions will [be] asked ahead of time," blogged Steve Grove, who heads News and Politics on YouTube. "But what's clear from looking at the submissions is that they represent a broad cross-section of topics and concerns."
The event, which will air at 1:45 p.m. ET, will be the first interview with the president since he delivered his State of the Union. YouTube opened up its platform Wednesday as Obama was delivering his nationally televised speech to Congress. Grove will ask some of the most popular questions that were voted upon by YouTube users.
"When people are asked to weigh in on what matters most to them in an open forum, the result is a fascinating and informative look at the pulse of the country," Grove wrote on the YouTube blog. "It's this kind of transparency and direct access to information that we believe represents the promise of platforms like YouTube to improve our politics."
Washington (CNN) - One year has passed since President Barack Obama took office promising a new era transparency in government using technology, including social networks. And while the White House's official YouTube page has received 21 million video views and close to 100,000 subscribers, Republicans in the House and Senate are dominating use of the site.
There are 430 members of Congress who have also started YouTube channels, but Republicans have been more active than Democrats.
Steve Grove, who heads up "News and Politics" at YouTube, wrote on a blog last week: "Though the Democrats captured the majority of the seats in Congress, 89 percent of Republicans have channels, compared to just 74 percent of Democrats. Eight of the top 10 most-viewed and most-subscribed YouTube channels in Congress are from the GOP."
The top 10 most-subscribed-to YouTube channels on Capitol Hill, in order from most to least: Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Florida; Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas; House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California; House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio; Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Virginia, Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Michigan; Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minnesota; House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, R-Virginia; Sen. Jim DeMint, R-South Carolina; and Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, R-Michigan.
Rogers leads the list of the top 10 most-viewed YouTube channels in Congress. He is followed by Grayson; Pelosi; Forbes; Cantor; Boehner; Rep. Tom Price, R-Georgia; Rep. Don Manzullo, R-Illinois; Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska; and Paul.