Obama’s Non-Road Road-Trip: Google’s Virtual SOTU Tour

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Google’s London campus.

President Barack Obama will take the State of the Union on the road.

A virtual road, that is.

The White House is partnering with Google for “hangouts” around the country where people can engage with Obama about  the messages in the speech he delivers to a joint session of Congress on Jan. 28. The “Google+ Hangouts” are planned Jan. 31. 

People with questions for the president can record a 60-second video with their names and locations, a little something about themselves and those questions. They can post on YouTube or Google+ and share all this publicly with the hashtag #AskObama2014.

Consider it another way that the White House is attempting to make up for the declining television audiences of the live State of the Union addresses, which reached their lowest ratings since 2000 last year.

There’s typically a real road trip the day after the State of the Union address, to actually take the message on the road. Stay tuned for those details.


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