At 9 PM EST, President Obama will deliver the annual State of the Union address. Millions of Americans will tune in their TVs to hear the White House’s yearly progress report, but for us cord cutters, YouTube is the place to go. The Internet’s biggest video platform will host a live stream of the event via the official White House YouTube channel.
As it did during the 2012 election, YouTube is also offering plenty of peripheral coverage around the State of the Union. An official blog post notes New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The Young Turks, and NowThis News as several channels that will offer commentary surrounding the President’s speech.
YouTube is also attempting to turn the State of the Union into an interactive event that goes beyond the congratulatory clap-fest that it usually amounts to. Three days after the conclusion of the speech, President Obama will take to Google Hangout to answer questions from curious Americans across the country. The hangouts will take the form of a geographically segmented “virtual road trip.” According to YouTube, the entrants in each hangout will be determined through a contest of sorts:
“If you’d like to join the Hangout, record a 60-second video with your name, location, a bit about yourself and the question you’d like to ask the president. Then post it on YouTube with the hashtag #AskObama2014.”
The State of the Union is often a breeding ground for empty rhetoric, but by hanging out with the President, we might actually get some answers.