August 17th, 2009
04:45 PM ET
14 years ago

President Obama to debut on BlogTalkRadio

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption= ", a social networking site, will host President Obama on Wednesday."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - On the social networking check list, President Barack Obama has been able to check off Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Now he will add another social network to his list: BlogTalkRadio.

Wednesday at 5 p.m. ET, 40 Minutes for Health Reform, hosted by a coalition of pro-reform faith groups which are multi-denominational, will premiere. For the first 30 minutes, faith-based leaders and a top ranking administration official (all to be officially announced tomorrow) will "share their stories about how our broken health care system has affected the lives of their loved ones and what is at stake in this debate," according to Faith in Public Life spokesperson Kristin Williams. Obama will then talk for the next 10 minutes.

Audience members will be encouraged to call in and listen to the show (but will not be able to speak on air) or can listen live on While the interview is occurring, "listeners will be tweeting it and putting it up on their Facebook pages," BlogTalkRadio Founder and CEO Alan Levy told CNN. "We are really one of the only platforms that can enable a live conversation to take place. A platform that enables Obama to reach large audiences through social tools."

Other political guests who have appeared on BlogTalkRadio include Michelle Obama, John McCain, Oliver Stone, and Yoko Ono. The Pentagon also has a Radio Network on the site.

Once 40 Minutes for Health Reform concludes, the show will be immediately achieved and available to listen to on the site, indexed for Google searches, syndicated and shared on social networks. The Wednesday show is the only one planned, but Williams said they are open to having future events on this platform.

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soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Mike Allen

    So once again Health care reform will fail. And again it will be because the Super wealthy Corporate CEO greedy scum, and their bought and paid for crooked Republican puppets. Have succeeded in fooling the American sheeple with lies and distortions. Shame on the Democrats if they cave in to this disgusting manipulation of our Government by the same greedy crooks that ruined our economy, got us into war for oil and sent our middle class lifestyle to China in exchange for cheap defective products. What a disappointment Wahington DC is to the American people. Even with the most decent American President that we have seen in decades. Big Money still rules the roost.

    August 17, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  2. GGG

    We are sick and tired of your voice(nothing but lies) and sick and tired of seeing your face... go to work!!!!

    August 17, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  3. alvino

    Because they get big bucks from lobbyists, the slime party of "No!" owes and supports the health care industry. I hate to say it, but I wonder what they would think if they became ill and were denied coverage by their friens in the health care industry.

    August 17, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  4. Chris

    Public option is the HEALTH CARE REFORM. Dem in Congress remeber elections are coming up sooner than you think. You better reform the health care.

    August 17, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  5. addon

    We shouldn't be playing so loose with facts my fellow republican drones !

    Just because somebody say the U.S. has the best healthcare in the world doesn't mean that being #37 in the world is acceptable. We pay nearly twice the amount of premiums for a lesser level of healthcare than any country in the industrialized world

    How do you people listen to these idiots spewing "socialism, marxism " and look at these facts and say "leave it alone"? In other words, you can get ripped off everyday and ask for seconds(?) I'm sure glad we voted you people out last November. We can't survive anymore of your confused, ill-informed, morally bankrupt ideas

    August 17, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  6. Ralph

    In music we have “One hit wonders.”

    In politics we have “One term wonders.”

    At least the music is usually good.

    August 17, 2009 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  7. MO

    Hey BO, less is more. We see and hear you more than our own families. I'm almost wishing for more Jon and Kate and the Octomom.

    August 17, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  8. jules sand-perkins

    Let's change back to more freedom by replacing Obama.
    It is immoral to base a discussion of health care on the premise that everybody is entitled to health care insurance.
    Freedom includes the right to fail.

    August 18, 2009 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  9. jules sand-perkins

    Obama's image is astoundingly good, considering what he has actually done while in office.
    His PR is a beautiful example of "don't sell the steak, sell the sizzle."

    August 18, 2009 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
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