The YouTube President

Valerie Jarrett talks about the decisions that the Transition team has made.

We also learned that President-elect Barack Obama (doesn't that feel good to say?) will be videotaping his weekly radio addresses to be posted on YouTube.

"This is just one of many ways that President-elect Obama will communicate directly with the American people and make the White House and the political process more transparent."

Tags: President Obama, presidential transition, Valerie Jarrett (all tags)



Obama's going to rock teh intarwebz

Obama is going to bypass the traditional media altogether when he needs/wants to.  He'll have e-mails going into millions of homes talking about his projects and initiatives.

He's going to be the best-loved person on the planet, I think.

by Dracomicron 2008-11-14 04:54AM | 0 recs
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 Is this really a good idea? I mean, doesn't this smack of presumptuousness and justify the criticism that Obama is building a cult of personality? I'm a little worried that bypassing the traditional media will result in a backlash.  The majesty of the office doesn't this diminish, also?

by QTG 2008-11-14 06:14AM | 0 recs
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Not sure this is an attempt to by-pass the media, they have equal access. I see it more as attempt to reach out to supporters and non-supporters alike and keep the public in the loop.

by jsfox 2008-11-14 06:21AM | 0 recs
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 I really hope Senator Franken sets up a YouTube channel, also.

by QTG 2008-11-14 06:23AM | 0 recs
Senator Franken: Making C-SPAN tolerable

I say it's about time to send a professional comedian to Washington.

by Dracomicron 2008-11-14 06:26AM | 0 recs

It's a transparency thing, not presumptuousness.  After eight years of being told, "Don't worry about it, just remember we're preventing the terrorists from killing your children" while plundering the nation's wealth of lives, morals, international opinion, and treasure, this is a breath of fresh air.

"Majesty of the office?"  Are we really going there?

by Dracomicron 2008-11-14 06:25AM | 0 recs
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Meh.  FDR had his fireside chats, and I don't hear accusations of him forming a cult of personality.  This is just the modern equivalent -- who listens to the President's weekly radio address nowadays, anyways?

P.S. -- Are you channeling Yoda on crack in your last sentence there?  ;-)

by username 2008-11-14 06:27AM | 0 recs
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Every president gives a weekly radio address followed by a comment from the opposition party.  I remember listening to them delivering newspapers  on Saturday mornings when I was in junior high.

The only thing Obama is doing is videotaping the addresses so that they can be posted on youtube and listened to by folks that don't hear it on the radio at the crack of dawn on the weekends.

This is an act of transparency and accessibility that takes note of the changing technology.  It is no different than the first television or radio broadcast of the presidential debate.

by the mystical vortexes of sedona 2008-11-14 07:49AM | 0 recs


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