Sunday, November 16, 2008

President Obama makes more history

President Obama isn't just our first black president, he's our first wired-in leader as well. While word has it he'll have to give up his Blackberry once he takes office, he'll be the first president to use the intertubes to reach out directly to Americans. He's taken the first step by putting the weekly radio address on YouTube.

They will be available on the transition site, and of course at a blog near you. His aides advise this is just the beginning of his internet outreach.
As president Mr. Obama plans to continue to use audio as well as video to deliver the weekly messages, according to his aides.

“This is just one of many ways including periodic videos with transition officials about what is happening in a given day, online interviews with experts in particular policy areas that we will use to communicate directly with the American people,” said Jen Psaki, a spokeswoman for the Obama-Biden transition team.
He also plans to YouTube "fireside chats" once he takes office. Smart move and the best way to bring his message directly to the people and bypass the smary narratives of the teevee media.

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Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

FDR was the first to make effective use of radio to speak directly to the American people and I think Obama is very conscious of how FDR used it to give the country the feeling that someone was in control, someone cared; that there wasn't a gulf between the people and the leader.

I think it's brilliant, but about time we had a 21st century president that knows how to use 21st century communications. A man who can't understand e-mail and for whom the internet is a mystery, is as pathetic as one who can't use the telephone by himself.

10:46:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

I think it's a good move too and one of the big reasons I supported him over Hillary even. He understands the power of the 'tubes better than anyone else that ran.

12:27:00 PM  
Blogger Benjamin Wright said...

Similar issues apply in state government. On account of Open Records Acts, state governments are wise to insist that employees (including governors) route all business e-mail through a central e-mail archive and to encourage employees to take all personal e-mail to personal accounts. --Ben

12:49:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

I agree Ben. I think all legislators should comply with ORA and should have dedicated accounts for state business. I'm sure you recall that the White House got in trouble, so to speak since they won't be held accountable, over using internal accounts that they now seem to have magically 'lost.'

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