Obama to host Google ‘hang out’
January 23rd, 2012
10:44 AM ET

Obama to host Google ‘hang out’

President Obama isn’t just taking his State of the Union message on the road – he’s also taking it online.

In the latest iteration of the Obama administration’s efforts to connect to supporters via social media, the White House announced the president will participate next Monday in a Google+ ‘Hangout," a chat room-like feature of Google+ that allows users to connect with each other via video connections.

The White House pledges the president will answer “several of the most popular questions” submitted through YouTube while some questioners will be invited to participate in a live conversation on Google+.

The latest social media push follows a Twitter town hall the president held over the summer. To the disappointment of some, in that forum the president merely answered pre-selected questions from twitter users but did not respond on the social media website himself.

This time, the president’s answers will show up on a video stream hosted by Google+ while participants can comment on his answers in real time.

The White House says the upcoming forum is an example of the president’s commitment to “creating a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration.” But it remains unclear exactly how the White House will select the questions the president answers.

Obama also held a similar Facebook town hall at the web giant’s headquarters in Palo Alto, California in the Spring and a YouTube town hall at the White House in February. At both events, the White House was criticized for ignoring the subject that drew by far the most queries: whether he supports legalizing marijuana.

The ‘hangout’ follows a three day, five city tour later this week during which the president will echo the themes of his State of the Union Address.

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  1. cento

    inb4 the conservative trolls!

    January 23, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
    • Howard

      OBAMA vs BUSH
      (Just the Facts)

      Obama – 46.2 million : Bush – 28.2 million

      Bush AAA – Obama AA+

      Bush – $1.65 a gallon (End of term) : Obama – $3.40 a gallon (Current)

      Bush – 4.71% (Average) : Obama – 9.4% (Average) – 8.5% Current

      Bush – Increased 4 trillion (8 Years) : Obama – Will increase 18 trillion (8 years, according to OBAMAS budget)

      Bush – $0.5 Trillion per year : Obama – $1,8 Trillion per year (Source:

      Bush – GAINED 3 million jobs over 8 years : Obama – LOST 6 MILLION JOBS IN 3 YEARS

      Bush +0.1% (End of Term) : Obama +3.6% (Current)

      HOPE and CHANGE – We HOPED for BETTER, and got a CHANGE for WORSE

      January 23, 2012 at 8:52 pm |
      • nick

        I say, Obama will get another term. Why? Because aren't we all American and believe in second chances? FDR took about two terms to actually turn the economy around. Now, Bush started the recession and tried to "Band-Aid" the crisis but instead it has ballooned. Obama inherited the problem. mms.

        January 24, 2012 at 12:36 am |
  2. James

    How about doing something "Presidential"–

    January 23, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
    • Wes Sorenson

      He's a community activist and doesn't know how to be Presidential.

      January 23, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
    • Howard

      Once again, obama is using every gimmick in the book, crony endorsements, and fund raising, in hopes of getting reelected ... everything, but being a good leader.

      January 23, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
    • Kami

      it. Louis Farrakhan can call for the extermination of Jews and you won't hear a wiemphr of protest from the left. But when Pat Robertson says something stupid and non-Christian (and he did), it works thousands of left-wing drama queens into a hysterical frenzy. I spent several hours cruising liberal blogs last night (shudder) and the bile, the vitriol, the almost demonic hatred being aimed at this man was totally out of proportion with anything he has ever said.Why does the left hate Pat Robertson at such a reptilian level? Take a look at the 700 Club Website. Click on the CBN Outreach tab and take a look at the good this organization does. They feed the hungry, they clothe people, they bring medical help to those in need, they help millions of poverty-stricken people all over the world. They actually DO what liberals only TALK about doing. Now, take a look at that annoying Make Poverty History site. Can you find ANY projects for the poor there? You can wear white wristbands to help the impoverished. You can send a postcard to vote for trade justice. You can put wallpapers and screen savers on your computer to end suffering. GASP! Why, you can even wear skimpy briefs to make poverty history!!!! WHAT CRAP! Liberals should be donating their time and money to CBN, not throwing it at this phony baloney Make Poverty History scam!Pat Robertson is helping MILLIONS, while Make Poverty History is substituting symbolism for substance and is no doubt paying their board members six-figure salaries. Liberals should LOVE Pat Robertson. But they don't.The left hates Pat Robertson because he is a man of God and they hate God. The left hates Pat Robertson because he is a Christian and liberals hate Christians. If the devil engaged in politics, he'd no doubt be a.......hmmmm. HMMMM.

      March 2, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
  3. flavoter

    We need to have a face time rally. With the Apple products and .apk packages that allow the Androids if equipped with the needed 2 camera's as my LG does. We can make this happen.. Never say never. I mean look Newton Leroy Gingrich has a following of angry whites who want to blame that black guy for everything.

    You know some of THOSE!! people the moral christian party of hypocrits who want to tell everyone else how to live but they are okay with there adulters such as John McCain so it's easier now with Leroy Gingrich next they will openly be for abortions never say never!! LOL, OMG the GOP is morally diseased.

    January 23, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
    • Wes Sorenson

      This is not a black and white issue .............get over it. Obama is bad for this country and over half of America knows it.

      January 23, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
    • Howard



      First President to refuse to show a valid Birth Certificate.

      First President to apply for college aid as a foreign student, then deny he was a foreigner

      First President to have a social security number from a state he's never lived in

      First President to Preside over a Cut to the Credit Rating of the United States Government

      First President to Violate the War Powers Act

      First President to Orchestrate the Sale of Murder Weapons to Mexican Drug Cartels

      First President to be Held in Contempt of Court for Illegally Obstructing Oil Drilling in the Gulf of Mexico

      First President to Defy a Federal Judge's Court Order to Cease Implementing the 'Health Care Reform' Law

      First President to Require All Americans to Purchase a Product From a Third Party

      First President to Spend a Trillion Dollars on 'Shovel-Ready' Jobs–
      and Later Admit There Was No Such Thing as Shovel-Ready Jobs

      First President to Abrogate Bankruptcy Law to Turn Over Control of Companies to His Union Supporters

      First President to Bypass Congress and Implement the DREAM Act Through Executive Fiat

      First President to "Order a Secret Amnesty Program that Stopped the
      Deportations of Illegal Immigrants Across the US , Including Those With
      Criminal Convictions"

      First President to Demand a Company Hand Over $20 Billion to One of His Political Appointees

      First President to Terminate America's Ability to Put a Man into Space

      First President to Encourage Racial Discrimination and Intimidation at Polling Places

      First President to Have a Law Signed By an 'Auto-pen' Without Being "Present"

      First President to Arbitrarily Declare an Existing Law Unconstitutional and Refuse to Enforce It

      First President to Threaten Insurance Companies if they Publicly Speak out on the Reasons for th eir Rate Increases

      First President to Tell a Major Manufacturing Company In Which State They Are Allowed to Locate a Factory

      First President to File Lawsuits Against the States He Swore an Oath to Protect (AZ, WI, OH, IN, etc)

      First President to Withdraw an Existing Coal Permit That Had Been Properly Issued Years Ago

      First President to Fire an Inspector General of Ameri-corps for Catching One of His Friends in a Corruption Case

      First President to Propose an Executive Order Demanding Companies
      Disclose Their Political Contributions to bid on Government Contracts

      First President to appoint 45 'czars' to replace elected officials in his office.

      First President to Golf 73 separate Times in His First Two-and-a-Half Years in Office

      First President to hide his medical, educational, and travel records

      First President to win a Nobel Peace Prize for doing NOTHING to earn it

      First President to coddle America's enemies while alienating America's a l lies

      First President to publicly bow to Americas enemies while refusing to salute the US flag

      First President to go on multiple Global apology tours.

      First President to go on 17 'vacations', including 'date nights' paid for by the taxpayer

      January 23, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
      • NOvember 2012

        Wes...no thinking American would vote for this man if they took the time to study what little there is to study of obama.

        January 23, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
      • jean2009

        What did you do Howard look for every blatantly false noxious FAUX-teapotty lie you could latch onto for this post? None of these will get to more than a Pants-On-Fire on the Truth-o-Meter. You do know repeating lies doesn't make them truth? They are still lies and will always be lies. All repeating them does is make you a liar.

        January 23, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
      • NOvember 2012

        And they are all lies...hahahah The recent turn out in SC and the votes of last fall should indicate voters are sick of...what would you call them? Lies? The hope and change, the great uniter...the well... garbage.

        January 23, 2012 at 7:38 pm |
      • freethinker

        My oh my. (If you believe your long list, vs just venting because you don't like Obama). Re: Fox & GOPers, etc.: the fear mongers & hate spewers use lies to tear down (in their eyes) Obama. If they want followers – why don't they just talk about what their vision is?? Anyone with a good vision would spend almost all their efforts explaining their vision. VS. making up & spreading lies & hate & fear. IMO – lying & acting all crazy & delusional & racist just makes them look like psychos in need of a psychiatrist! It's not rational or intelligent in the least. Why do they like looking like that? Seriously, acting like that in a corporate workplace gets you fired – Being hostile, & not working with factual data, & not coming up with good solutions.

        January 23, 2012 at 8:00 pm |
      • Cedrick

        go jump off a bridge with all that hate. thats whats wrong in america when people like urself spread hate to win an election. True Obama was not perfect but he beats almost every GOP member. im black who dont need food stamps, i pay my taxes and pay federal as well. i can pay more to help and wont cry about it. republicans are in very big trouble 2012 and the know it. they cheat the election by making people have a voter ID card to vote. O thats right there is voter fraud now we got a black president. 1 out of a gazillion on voter fraud. then they lie about the president record. first of all we in this mess because of so called conserviative or who i call un american. they hold up job bills thats un american.
        They wont raise a single tax dollor after they caused the ression we are in. O lets not talk about spending. medicare prescription d program which is a trillion by itself. when the GOP have nothing and i really mean nothing to run on they simply just lie, distort, and fool the dumb people who believe it

        January 24, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
      • LegalizeIT

        Where did you copy&paste your "facts" from?? iHateObama.com ?? For someone who hates Obama, you sure have done your research to put this man down...

        January 31, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
  4. Wes Sorenson

    My fellow Americans my blue print for a better economy and for the better of this country I have decided to resign effective tonight.

    January 23, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  5. Wes Sorenson

    The White House says the upcoming forum is an example of the president’s commitment to “creating a system of transparency".............Please tell me your joking.

    January 23, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  6. NOvember 2012

    Ok the continuing sales job...the ole two step shuffle. But really folks what would you expect from this guy? Check his resume' he is just doing what he has always done....the big hope and change talk, spend hard working Americans money, and then move on to the next gig before the results come in. Community organizing at its best! Dah dah!

    January 23, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  7. Dixie Independent voter

    Dear Wes Sorenson, I'm sorry, but I can't even consider voting for any of the candidates the GOP has put forth. For many reasons, but an example: They aren't even through the sorting process and all are banging the guns of war.

    January 23, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
    • NOvember 2012

      they are vetting themselves....something obama should have done...but sealed records and past...and this is going to take him out of the presidency. Any of the GOPs will make a good Presiodent...they actually have resumes', and God know we need a qualified president.

      January 23, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
      • jean2009

        The President did a great job of vetting himself against Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, and Joe Biden and then he took on John McCain and that silly woman from Alaska...and won fair and square with a clear majority.
        It was not a SCOTUS appointment.

        January 24, 2012 at 11:14 am |
  8. george of the jungle

    great idea Mr. President. From the reaction here I see a lot of repos that wish their own party had thought this up first. Transparancy is not one of their strong suits. Like on taxes and mistresses. The more they debate the less likely they are of winning . They spend more time ratteling the guns of war than helping the economy.

    January 23, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
    • freethinker

      George – another one – doing the job they're being paid to do. They seem to think it's all about GOP vs. Obama – don't do anything so he won't get re-elected. Doesn't take all that much intelligence to wonder: a)why do they feel Entitled to get paid for basically 'striking'? b)the taxpayers pay their nice salaries, good health insur., etc., & yet they don't feel accountable? They are SOooo much better off salary & benefit wise than the average middle class employee. Their salary is 'X' times more? Hey – what would Jesus say about their actions. They sure enjoy saying "Christians believe life begins @ conception – like they're Ph.D. theologians!! Catholics may think that, but certainly not the large Protestant religion I was brought up with. I'd like them to stop categorizing ALL Christians along with their Christianity!! (I have evolved to think old Native American spirituality is WAY above any Christianity they Profess to love, yet don't follow)

      January 23, 2012 at 8:18 pm |
      • Monica

        Ramzi Kassem, a Yale Law School lrecuter who represents prisoners like inmate Ahmed Zuhair, who was captured in Pakistan in 2001. ?That would bring men like my client to eight years imprisonment for no apparent reason.?Here are a few of the delays, caveats and loopholes that could limit the impact of Obama?s orders:1. Everyone has to follow the Army Field Manual?for now?Obama?s executive order on interrogations says all agencies of the government have to follow the Army Field Manual when interrogating detainees, meaning the CIA can no longer used so-called enhanced interrogation techniques, which have included waterboarding, the use of dogs in questioning, and stripping prisoners.However, the order also created an interagency commission which will have six months to examine whether to create ?additional or different guidance? for non-military agencies such as the CIA. One group that represents detainees, the Center for Constitutional Rights, deemed that an ?escape hatch? to potentially allow enhanced interrogations in the future.White House counsel Greg Craig told reporters such fears are misplaced. ?This is not an invitation to bring back different techniques than those that are approved inside the Army Field Manual, but an invitation to this task force to make recommendations as to whether or not there should be a separate protocol that's more appropriate to the intelligence community,? he said.The distinction Craig made between ?protocols? and ?techniques,? though, seems less than clear.?For now, they?re punting, saying they?ll comply with what?s in the Army manual?but at some point in the future this commission may revert to the executive? to recommend harsher techniques, said Kassem, adding that he was concerned about how transparent the commission?s recommendations would be.?I?m happy to postpone that discussion [on ?enhanced interrogation?]? on the condition that [it] happens transparently,? he said.A Columbia law professor who worked on detention issues at the State Department under President Bush, Matthew Waxman, said Obama is wise to leave open the possibility of different guidance for the CIA?s experienced interrogators. ?I?ve worked on drafts of the Army Field Manual,? Waxman said. ?It?s designed to be in the hands of tens of thousands of people who may not have a lot of training or supervision.?2. Obama ordered a 30-day review of Guantanamo conditions?by the man currently responsible for Guantanamo.A section of Obama?s order on Guantanamo entitled ?Humane Standards of Confinement? orders Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to spend the next thirty days reviewing the current conditions at the Caribbean prison to make sure they?re legal and follow the Geneva Convention. It seems doubtful that Gates, who has been atop the chain of command for Guantanamo for more than two years, will suddenly find conditions that were just fine on Monday of this week are now flagrant violations of the Geneva Convention.?He?s not exactly impartial,? Kassem said.Waxman pointed out that adhering to the Geneva Condition is ?already the law,? and deemed that section of the order ?bizarre.?3. Obama vowed no torture on his watch, but force-feeding and solitary confinement apparently continue at Guantanamo for now.It?s possible that the 30-day referral to Gates is simply an effort to buy the Obama team time to deal with two Guantanamo practices that some consider torture, or at least inhumane: force feeding and isolation of prisoners. According to detainee lawyers, about two dozen inmates who refuse to eat as a form of protest are currently being force fed, and about 140 are in some form of solitary confinement.The Bush administration has argued that the feeding is humane and that the solitary, at least as practiced now, is not the kind of total isolation that amounts to torture. ?There?s an important distinction to be made between isolation and separation? from other prisoners,? Waxman said.As far as we know, the force feeding and solitary practices continued onto Obama?s watch. Craig dodged a question about the new president?s views on those issues. ?I'm not going to get into the details,? Craig said.4. The vast majority of detainees in American custody may see no benefit from Obama?s ordersWhile Obama ordered a case-by-case review of the 245 prisoners held at Guantanamo, the 600 prisoners held in indefinite American custody in Afghanistan and roughly 20,000 in Iraq won?t get such attention. The general policy review might aid them, eventually, but unless someone was about to torture them it?s unclear how they are better off.?I think there?s a fairly good chance that on the whole from the perspective of my clients at Guantanamo and Bagram [the site of an American air base and prison in Afghanistan], their lives will be the same until those facilities are shut down, unfortunately,? Kassem said.Asked why the reviews are limited to prisoners at Guantanamo, and not those at Bagram or Abu Ghraib, Craig said, ?The president asked us to look at Guantanamo. That's the answer.?5. The orders downplay the possibility that some prisoners might be set free in America.Obama ordered that when Guantanamo closes, any remaining inmates ?be returned to their home country, released, transferred to a third country, or transferred to another United States detention facility in a manner consistent with law and the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States.? But Obama?s wordsmiths seem to have deliberately trimmed out any explicit mention of the explosive possibility of freeing prisoners on American soil.While Obama?s aides seem to prefer trying prisoners in civil courts or freeing them abroad, there are no obvious charges to be filed against some of the detainees. Once Guantanamo closes, letting them loose in the U.S. may be the only option if other countries won?t take them.Craig said he was ?hopeful? that other governments will take many of the detainees, but some nations may not step up until the U.S. does. ?One question a lot of countries keep asking is, ?How many are you going to take?? Waxman said. ?There may be some countries that want to earn some credit [with the] new administration?but I don?t expect this problem to go away.?6. Military commissions are shut down?. for nowOne of the attention grabbing provisions of Obama?s orders calls for military tribunals at Guantanamo to be ?halted.? But the Obama administration is not ruling out returning to some sort of military forum to deal with some of the prisoners.?This order does not eliminate or extinguish the military commissions, it just stays all proceedings in connection with the ongoing proceedings in Guantanamo,? Craig said, making clear that ?improved military commissions? were still on the table.That suggestion exasperates detainee lawyers like Kassem. ?That would be a huge mistake, ? he said. ?That system [is] set up to launder statements obtained through torture? What?s the point of getting rid of our offshore, improvised, sham, military tribunals in Cuba, only to recreate it here in the United States??Reply

        March 1, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
  9. James

    Now this is the epitome of "I Love Me"–

    January 23, 2012 at 9:07 pm |
  10. Cedrick

    @ Howard you are so dumb. just say it you dont like him becasue he is black and you watch too much fox news

    January 24, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
  11. LegalizeIT

    All Obama has to do is come out & say he supports legalizing Mari-ja-juana and he will have this election in the bag!!!!

    January 31, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
  12. LegalizeIT

    All Obama has to do is come out and say he supports leglizing Marijuana and he will no doubt win the election!

    January 31, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
  13. LegalizeIT

    "At both events, the White House was criticized for ignoring the subject that drew by far the most queries: whether he supports legalizing marijuana."

    You'd better start puff-puff-passin if you want to win the election Obama! :p

    January 31, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
  14. Carmen

    Bernie, you are right. It?s not a crazy idea ayonmre. I disagree with O?Reilly in saying that she would be taking a huge risk, and I liked how you called him on why he?s even making the prediction that she will run. Bill may not like to admit it, but Hillary is very well respected by both parties in Congress. She knows how to work with the Republican base and has earned many merits when she was a Senator. Bill mentioned this will cause Armageddon within the Dem party. He can?t be serious! Obama has already done that by giving the left too much control, which has divided the Dem party. In addition, he is way too arrogant to even think about governing from the center if the GOP takes control of the House. Hillary is not that stupid and knows better. Here?s an even bigger long shot: Will Obama do the decent thing for the Dem party and decide not to run for re-election like LBJ did. Wouldn?t that be idealistic?? If Obama?s popularity rating falls below 40% after the November elections and the unemployment rate rises, you will definitely want to make a bet that he will be challenged by his own party in 2012.

    March 2, 2012 at 12:00 am |