August 31st, 2010
06:15 PM ET
10 years ago

W.H. adviser to answer YouTube questions after Obama's Iraq address

(CNN) - In what is becoming a regular occurrence at the White House, a senior adviser will answer questions submitted via YouTube after the president's Oval Office address Tuesday night.

Deputy national security adviser for strategic communications Ben Rhodes will answer questions submitted by the public on YouTube. Users of the site have voted on their favorites and Rhodes will answer the questions that received the most votes.

"The Open for Questions live chats are an increasingly popular and effective way for the Administration to create a online dialogue between senior officials and Americans across the country about issues they care about, such as the end of combat operations in Iraq," White House director of new media Macon Phillips told CNN.

This is not the first time the White House has used YouTube to solicit and then answer questions on major topics. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs participated in one after Gulf oil spill, and former White House communications director Anita Dunn answered questions after Obama's speech to the Join Session of Congress regarding health care. The president himself has even participated in one of the sessions.

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. phoenix86

    The Wet House continues on its path to irrelevence.

    August 31, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  2. Augsbee

    Dah, I wonder if any dumb people will ask him why Obama won't give credit to Bush who is responsible for putting soldiers in Iraq, Afghanistan???? No, they don't have the IQ to connect the dots.

    August 31, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  3. tom

    There Hagee goes again with his hatred of all Catholics and the dear peoples of India.

    Pastor Hagee should be complaining about the real housewives of new jersey.

    August 31, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  4. jim

    You know you're in trouble when you have to explain what the president meant to say right after giving an addresss that he's had days to plan.

    August 31, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  5. DENNA

    Best, smartest president ever. Instead of treating Americans life serfs, he is taking us seriously and keeping in contact with us instead of living in a bubble. I love this man. I know the Rethug haters are going to savage him not matter what he does, but the rest of us are wide awake and paying attention. We know who the enemy of the people is. Hello GNoP! Vote no, to the Party of No in NOvember.

    August 31, 2010 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |