Boehner to livestream opening day of new Congress on Facebook
January 4th, 2011
03:41 PM ET
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Boehner to livestream opening day of new Congress on Facebook

Washington (CNN) - Incoming House Speaker John Boehner wants all his friends to see him get sworn in on Wednesday - Facebook friends that is.

For the first time ever, Congress will be broadcast live on Facebook. Boehner is announcing Tuesday that beginning at noon on Wednesday people can go on the popular social media website for live coverage of the first day's floor proceedings and his first speech as Speaker of the House.

According to a blog post that will be posted on Boehner's website this afternoon, the incoming speaker will direct people to visit the "Pledge to America" Facebook page ( to view the transition to the GOP-controlled House.

Nick Schaper, Boehner's director of digital media, tells CNN, "This kind of streaming and real-time interaction is not only unprecedented for the House, it's helping to set the tone for a new majority that will continue to find new ways to listen to and better represent the American people."

Those watching on Facebook will be able to offer feedback and comment on the proceedings as they happen live.

In addition to Facebook, Boehner often "tweets" out comments or announcements, but the Speaker-designate will change his Twitter name to reflect his new position. That change is not expected to happen until later Tuesday night and Boehner's staff is not releasing what his new Twitter handle will be yet.

Other top Congressional leaders are also expected to transition to new Twitter names in time for the official start of the new Congress.

According the Schaper, the chief operating officer of the House is working with the large incoming freshman class to get their new websites up and running by tomorrow. Committee and leadership websites are also expected to make the transition with new looks and new web addresses.

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soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Hope he stays out of the booze until after he gets sworn in.

    January 4, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA/John Boehner The Crybaby

    Happy doomsday America. The fascists republicans are going to give their lopsided, misguided interpreation of the Constitution. This coming from the same fascists republicans that shredded and pissed on the Constitution the first 8 years of the last decade. The United Corporated States of China & India is open for business tomorrow.

    January 4, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  3. Democrats Class Warfare - Destroying the economy and country

    You mean we'll be able to see the door hit Pelosi in the arse as she gets thrown out?? SWEEETTTT!!!

    January 4, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  4. Burkely

    Happy that we are having more open government which is unusual with Republicans. Why didn't the Democrats try to make Congress more open when they were in power?

    January 4, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  5. Angel

    I am a die-hard Democrat, but I will admit the GOP's social media efforts within the last couple of months have been great! Kudos!

    January 4, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  6. ThinkAgain

    Gee, let me guess ... the Republicans complained long and loud that President Obama wasn't focussing on jobs ... now that they control the House, they will focus on .... repealing health care reform that most folks really like and appreciate, once they start experiencing the benefits of it ...

    The Republicans will say that there's no need for further discussion about whether health care should be repealed (i.e., don't want to hear people talk about how much they like it), because it was "debated for the last two years."

    Which is funny, considering how the Republicans complained that health care reform was "jammed down our throats."

    In conclusion: This "livestream" will simply be a "live stream" of the usually hypocritical Republican BS!

    Don't forget your raincoats, folks: It's babba-stinky is going to be spewing!

    January 4, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  7. ED FL

    what if he gets a crying jag on will it ruin the face of the book. Can anybody take this group of GOP politicians as a serious government department.

    January 4, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  8. PATY

    Sounds just a little bit like the John Boehner Hour....see me....see me run....20xx?

    January 4, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  9. james Miller

    Dr. No is a joke !!!! He`s far more dangerous than Pelosi ever was.

    January 4, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  10. Smashed Cat

    John – Show America that you are serious, have the entire Republican caucus drop off their pensions and healthcare tax funded plans, adopt social security and medicare as their own sole entitlement provisions, just as the American citizenry does. Have them take a 20% pay cut, show us John that they are willing to suffer with the 20 million unemployed, show us you are the true leader that many of us see you as!

    January 4, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  11. Rickster

    I can't wait to see Boehner pry the speaker's gavel out of the crooked little fingers of The Wicked Witch of the West. Only then will I believe that the long national nightmare of Pelosi's reign of terror is finally over.

    January 4, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  12. Duck Fallas

    I hope he's not interrupted by Palin's gay tweets.

    January 4, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  13. scott

    More and more, government agencies are using social networking sites to get their messages across. However, they are violating the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) when doing so because those sites do not make their communications available to persons with disabilities. I know these sites are run privately, but they've become so ingrained in the communication system, they should be required by law to be accessible to all. Government, I think, should be prevented from posting on these websites until the websites make allowances for accessible posting of content.

    January 4, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  14. Lynda/Minnesota

    Four and The Door

    Am anxiously awaiting your job growth plans, John-boy ... you do have a plan, yes?
    Permanently extend all the Bush tax cuts, including those on the wealthy. Done!

    Cancel all unspent stimulus money. As of today, about $258 billion of the $814 billion stimulus is unspent.

    Repeal the Obama health care bill, replacing it with Republican proposals, including limits on malpractice lawsuits.

    These are all in the Pledge to America and a great start for getting the economy back on track.
    Each of your talking points are more likely to keep the recession going, Four, but then, that IS the GOPer plan, you know. To keep the recession going as long as possible. Pledge to America, you say? I'll pass thank you. GOPer talking points aren't my cup of tea, and are as valueless as the paper they were written on.

    January 4, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  15. Jay

    OK so we'll get see how they plan to screw the middle class (again) and how they plan to help the rich continue to get richer on the backs of slaves, I mean working people, and also we'll get to see how they plan to continue adding to our deficit with their tax cut for their friends while cutting things like education, etc. We'll get to see how they plan to repeal a law that says insurance companies can't deny kids dying of cancer from receiving insurance. You know, all the things that matter to people who aren't rich?

    Hopefully he doesn't choke up and start crying when he thinks about all the horrible things they'll put us back on the track for. We barely survived the last one. These fools WILL cause the crises again. But the rich will come out richer. Isn't that all that matters Mr. Speaker?

    January 4, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  16. GI Joe

    Can we go to all his favorite bars too? I wanna see him drinking with the people who buy his influence. THAT'S TRANSPARENCY.

    January 4, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    Oh noes...whatever will CSPAN do about the competition?!?!?!?

    yep..."unprecedented" alright....just like his director of "spinning everythign that comes our way" said....there's only a tv station already doing it (and getting barely any viewers haha), so clearly Boehner is a giant tornado of innovation


    January 4, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  18. E1atoM

    New name= Mr. "Weeper of the House".

    January 4, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  19. WTF242

    livestream is one word? let me check my AP style guide...

    January 4, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  20. cisco4

    Question is:..Is he gonna cry?

    January 4, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  21. sane citizen

    Oh for God's sake stop with the grandstanding already! Understand something, Boehner. You were elected to CREATE JOBS. If you don't create jobs, you can kiss y our sorry political future good bye because, and you can take this to the bank, in the next election . . . . DEMOCRATS WILL NOT STAY HOME!

    January 4, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    "So far the Republicans have been excellent at doing what Americans sent them to Washington for."

    Hey genius, they haven't taken control yet and they got their butts handed to them during the lame duck. The only "victories" they can claim are (a) forcing the middle class to pay for extending the inequitable income tax cuts to the wealthiest 2% for another 2 years despite those tax cuts never having created jobs in the first place nor prevented the recession and its attendant job losses and (b) finegling an estate tax provision into the "tax cut deal" that benefits only the wealthiest 39,000 families in the country. Some might argue those are pyrrhic at best (and on oh so many levels).

    January 4, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  23. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Four and The Door

    So far the Republicans have been excellent at doing what Americans sent them to Washington for. I don't agree with this refusal of federal health insurance by Rep- elect Walsh, but his point is well made. Americans outside of Washington DC are being listened to. Finally.
    I want $10 worth of whatever it is you're smoking!!! LMAO!!!!!!!!!!

    January 4, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  24. Marie MD

    Is baby b o n e r going to cry like a little girl? Poor orange man. Coming from so little and wanting to help the little people NOT!!! Has he been golfing lalely? Our weather this past weekend was quite nice.
    To think that we have to see his ugly drunk face every time the President speaks at the Capitol makes me want me to puke!!

    January 4, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  25. w l jones

    I can see myself running and crying, help Ms. Pelosi LoL.

    January 4, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
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