YouTube announced today that President Barack Obama will once again answer questions from the public live on the video sharing platform after his State of the Union address, and follow with another round of interviews with YouTube stars later in the week.
President Obama’s final State of the Union address and the Republican response will stream live on YouTube on Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 9 p.m. ET. Afterwards, he’ll answer questions from the public live on the official White House YouTube channel. People who want their questions considered can post them to social media using the hashtag #YouTubeAsksObama.
“It’s a tradition that started in 2010 after President Obama’s very first State of the Union address — and that we’ve continued each year since — to connect directly to young people [on YouTube] about some of the most important issues our time,” said a post on the official White House blog.
Three days later, on Friday, Jan. 15, at 2:15 p.m. ET, President Obama will join YouTube stars Destin Sandlin (SmarterEveryDay), Ingrid Nilsen and Adande Thorne (sWooZie) in the East Room of the White House for interviews that will stream live on the official White House YouTube channel.
In January 2015, President Obama was interviewed by YouTubers GloZell, Bethany Mota and Hank Green. Green asked about marijuana laws and drone strikes; GloZell discussed the distrust between police and the black community and told him that Fidel Castro put “the dick in dictatorship”; and Mota covered subjects ranging from his first choice for a super power (flying) to his plans to make college more affordable.
Sandlin (3.53M subscribers, 250M views) makes educational science videos.
Nilsen (3.9M subscribers, 303M views) is a vlogger focusing on fashion, beauty and lifestyle.
President Obama’s other streaming video appearances include an interview with actor/humorist Zach Galifianakis on his Funny or Die talk show “Between Two Ferns” in 2014 and a recent episode of Jerry Seinfeld’s Crackle series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.”