Our 'Social Media' President has engaged with various social networks to get himself elected, communicate to the public and present himself in an open and transparent way. Tonight on YouTube, he continues on that track - and the lyrics from "Something Funny Happened On The Way To Forum
," somehow seem to play well into the proceedings and what might unfold this evening.
Tonight at 8PM EST, President Obama will hold an important press conference to address what's to be done in the Gulf - and perhaps do a little bit more than (in his words) "decide who's ass to kick."
Something for everyone,
The event will be broadcast on all major TV networks and live streamed on YouTube's White House Channel
, - to then be followed up by a first-time unique event where Press Secretary Robert Gibbs will be taking to YouTube to answer questions that have been submitted to the nation.
Because its a political format, the submissions will be voted on democratically. The Google Moderator form embedded into the Whitehouse's YouTube Channel allows users to submit their questions about the oil crisis. Through the Moderator, you can vote up the best questions, and Gibbs will respond to them fifteen minutes after President Obama’s speech tonight ends.
Nothing portentous or polite;
At the time of this posting, there were 31,274 votes on 1413 questions from 2,341 people. While I'm sure Mr. Gibbs will not be answering all 1413 tonight, this will be the public's chance to hear the White House's response to some of the most important questions regarding what many are calling the worst environmental disaster in US history.
Something for everyone:
This isn’t the first time the White House has turned to YouTube to directly respond to the nation’s questions — in February
it held a one-on-one interview with President Obama, where he was asked questions submitted by the YouTube audience.
Something for everyone:
As serious as this situation is and as dramatic an outcome that has unfolded over the course of the last two months, somehow "A Funny Thing On The Way To The Forum," definitely lightens the mood - where perhaps when we're devoid of anger, frustration and panic - it's a little easier to focus on finding solutions versus finger-pointing. I hope that's what's accomplished on YouTube tonight!
No royal curse, no Trojan horse,
And a happy ending, of course!
Goodness and badness,
Panic is madness--
This time it all turns out all right!