Saturday, January 22, 2011

YouTube Invites You to Ask President Obama

Next week on January 27 at 2:30pm (EST) President Obama will respond, in a live interview, to questions asked by citizens through YouTube. Submit your questions by January 25 via video or text at youtube.com/askobama. Visitors to the site will then vote for their favorite questions to be addressed by President Obama.



Here are some suggestions from the YouTube blog:
  1. Video questions are highly preferred (though we also accept text). Videos should be about 20 seconds long and be sure to ask the question directly.
  2. Speak clearly and try to film in a place with minimal background noise. Keep the camera as still as possible.
  3. Feel free to be creative (use props, charts, etc.) to help your question stand out. If you have time, find an interesting backdrop that may help reinforce your message.
  4. Submit your question early. The final deadline is Wednesday January 25 at midnight ET.
Applications for Education
For someone who teaches US Civics, this is a good opportunity to get students thinking about what they would ask the President. And although the crowd voting will ultimately decide, it's also a potential opportunity to have their questions addressed by the President himself.