January 26th, 2010
09:02 AM ET
13 years ago

Obama's State of the Union hits YouTube

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/01/26/citizentube.jpg caption= "Citizens can submit questions on YouTube that President Obama might answer."]Washington (CNN) - While the Constitution mandates the president deliver a State of the Union it does not mandate whether or not it should be delivered on the radio, television or YouTube.

The State of the Union was delivered first on the radio in 1923 by Calvin Coolidge and Harry Truman came into living rooms live via the television to deliver his address in 1947. And now Barack Obama will make State of the Union history by streaming it live on the new White House iPhone app and encouraging citizens to ask the president questions on YouTube.

YouTube and the White House announced Tuesday morning that it will open up a forum on YouTube.com/CitizenTube during Obama's address for people to submit questions to the president. Questions will also be voted on to determine what the public wants Obama to answer.

Then a week later, Obama will answer questions in a special online event.

soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Torch

    It such a shame that Obama can't govern, but he sure is tech savy.

    Unless he's going to go out in front of Congress and reject his Liberalism, I am not going to pay attention. That's the only thing I want to hear.

    January 26, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    Well, it certainly will be interesting to see, how much he will admit to, of the mess we are in.

    January 26, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  3. john

    This president has nothing to say to me because I am catholic and we don't and shouldn't follow immmoral leaders. Due to his stance on life issues murder the unborn, muder the elferly, murder the babies after thier out of the womb, Stomp on the poor in the usual democratic guise of helping them. I did belong to the socialist workers party found them to be fakes, joined the democratic party found them to be fakes both groups sre as selfish as the hippies. By the way I'm an independent. There are some decent people in all parties unfortunately the dictators of the Obama-Pelosi-Reid bent are the norm.

    January 26, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  4. D.

    Technology over Content!!!! Sign of time modern!!!!

    January 26, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  5. D.

    Obama will not criticize some groups' use of the Holocaust either, so should he be accused on anti-semitism? Politicizing the holocaust has been done so often by so many groups and its sacred memory is being abused also by Jewish groups using it politically! Very unfortunate abuse of this events!

    January 26, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  6. Scott, Tucson

    Here's a question for obama...is he going to make Nancy Pelosi and the others who flew on her junket over to Copenhagen for the Climate Change Conference payback to the American taxpayers the 1.1 million dollars they spent for their trip? If not than why not?

    January 26, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  7. stevegee

    We don't need to wait for more teleprompted-propaganda from Obama. The State of the Union is high unemployment, obscene deficits, and a stifling federal bureaucracy.

    Spin it anyway you like, Obama is pushing our country toward socialism. But, the American people have finally recognized that they were hoodwinked in 2008.

    And now they're rejecting the liberal agenda in ever-growing numbers - just look at Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts. Can't wait till November when the State of the Union will be more conservative than ever!

    January 26, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  8. Mike

    Yes, submit the questions in advance so he can pick the easiest to answer like who is really to blame for the economy,terrorists being tried in the US,giving the same rights to terrorists as US citizens and keeping GTMO open. His answer President Bush.

    January 26, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |