By Jimmie Geddes email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Feb 14, 2013 03:51 PM EST
President Obama was a technology enthusiast before he even entered the White House. He didn't want to give up his BlackBerry when he became president but was told it wasn't secure for the commander-in-chief, out of fear of being spied on or hacked. President Obama got his way and was able to keep his BlackBerry but it has been heavily secured and encrypted. President Obama will once again show that he embraces technology and will participate in a Google+ Hangout Thursday, Feb. 14 to discuss his State of the Union Address.
President Obama will answer questions about the State of the Union from people from all over the country in a Google+ hangout, making it the first all-virtual interview ever conducted from the White House. All topics from the president's recent State of the Union address will be open for discussion. Topics including President Obama's plan to revive the middle class, strengthen gun control and raise the minimum wage to $9 per hour are expected to be addressed. The president will also be answering the most popular questions YouTube users submit. So far, the most popular questions pertain to NASA spending, eliminating the penny as currency and education.
The event is being called a "Fireside Hangout," in honor of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Fireside Chats on the radio during the 1930s and 1940s. It is expected to be very similar to the Fireside Hangouts hosted by Vice President Joe Biden and White House Domestic Policy Director Cecilia Munoz during the past few weeks.
The online chat will begin at 4:50 p.m. EST Thursday, Feb. 14 from the White House's Google+ page. Viewers can also watch the president's live Google+ Fireside Hangout on the White House's YouTube channel.
This is an exciting way to get a little more up-close and personal with President Obama, see and hear him discuss his State of the Union address and also answer the most popular questions people have submitted. It also allows everyone to take part in a historical event with the President of the United States, so take a break from Facebook or Web browsing and get involved with this live event.