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CHICAGO (AP), NOVEMBER 15, 2008 (STAR) President-elect Barack Obama plans to tape a weekly address to the country not just for radio listeners, as US presidents have for years, but for YouTube Internet viewers, too.
Connecting the White House hearth to the American home, President Franklin Roosevelt talked to people through the radio in the 1930s, with crackling broadcasts delivered near a crackling fire. John F. Kennedy in the 1960s and Ronald Reagan in the 1980s mastered television. For Obama, who built a big part of his campaign on the Internet, it’s YouTube.
Well, what else would you expect from a president born at the tail end of the baby boom?
Obama was recording a four-minute address Friday at his transition office in Chicago. It will be posted Saturday through a YouTube link on his transition Web site, www.change.gov. And he will continue to do the videos when he takes office on Jan. 20.
And he won’t be the only one in his administration taking a starring role online.
Transition leaders and policy advisers will also appear in videos on a regular basis, Obama spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. Other officials, such as Cabinet members, could also take part.
President George W. Bush hasn’t videotaped his radio addresses for online viewing as Obama plans to do, the White House said.
YouTube wasn’t around when Bush came into office in 2000, though podcasts of his addresses are available on iTunes, and the audio is posted on www.whitehouse.gov.
The Saturday radio addresses were initiated by Reagan and have evolved into a weekly fixture of the presidency, accompanied by a response from the party out of power.
Still, relatively few people actually hear them on the radio, and Obama is hoping to reach many more with what his transition team calls a “multimedia opportunity.”
On the campaign trail, Obama promised to use the Internet to make his administration more open and interactive, offering a detailed look at what’s going on in the White House on a given day or asking people to post comments on his legislative proposals.
The transition team plans to use videos to keep people posted on developments as Obama prepares to take the oath of office on Jan. 20, Psaki said.
Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi
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