Google+ Hangouts to Host Virtual Road Trip With President Obama
The president will talk virtually with people as he travels the country to discuss the issues he raised in Tuesday night's State of the Union address.President Barack Obama will use Google+ Hangouts Jan. 31 to communicate with people from across the United States about his plans for the nation as he visits several cities and towns following his State of the Union address Tuesday night. The event, which is being called the "first-ever Presidential Hangout Road Trip," will be a sort of virtual whistle-stop tour where the president will "hop into Google+ Hangouts with people from across the United States to answer their questions and hear their thoughts about the topics he addressed in his speech," Ramya Raghavan, the head of the Google+ Politics and Causes unit, wrote in a posting on the Google Official Blog. The event will begin at 2 p.m. ET. People who would like to ask the president a question during the Google+ Hangouts event must record a 60-second video with their name, location, a bit about themselves and the question they'd like to ask to participate, wrote Raghavan. "Then post it on YouTube or Google+ and share it publicly with the hashtag #AskObama2014," where it will then be made available for possible selection during the event. The State of the Union address was broadcast on network television and radio, as well as on YouTube where it remains available for viewing on The White House YouTube channel.
Obama made his first stop on his road trip in Lanham, Md., this morning, where he began highlighting some of the themes from his State of the Union message, according to a story by Reuters. In his appearance there, he again called on the government to work to narrow the gap between the rich and poor by urging Congress to raise the minimum wage for millions of low-income Americans.