Obama Brings Fireside Chats to 21st Century, Will Post Them on YouTube


barackobama-youtubeLast week I posted about President-elect Barack Obama’s flickr site and how I hoped his Presidency would continue to utilize social media platforms on the web.  It looks like I won’t be disappointed.

Today, President-elect Obama will record the weekly Democratic address not just on radio but also on video — a first. The address, typically four minutes long, will be turned into a YouTube video and posted on Obama’s transition site, Change.gov, once the radio address is made public on Saturday morning.

…political observers say President-elect Obama’s innovative, online-fueled campaign will likely evolve into a new level of online communication between the public and the White House–the Internet-era version of President Franklin Roosevelt’s famous “fireside chats” between 1933 and 1944.

Look for a White House YouTube channel to be launched shortly after Obama takes office.  And for all you young folks out there that have never heard of a fireside chat, go get your learn on.

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