Obama to Answer Questions from YouTube Users

Just two days after delivering the State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama will deliver answers to select questions from YouTube users, with questions due midnight ET Wednesday, Jan. 26, and the answers to be presented Thursday, Jan. 27, at 2:30 p.m.

The State of the Union Address is slated for Tuesday, Jan. 25, at 9 p.m.

Olivia Ma of YouTube News and Politics posted on the YouTube Blog:

Health care. Education. Foreign policy. What would you like to ask the president about the most important issues our country faces? Go to youtube.com/askobama to submit your question now, or watch the speech Tuesday night with your webcam or video camera nearby so that you can record and submit your question as soon as it strikes you. This year, you’ll also be able to ask your question via Twitter: Just include the hashtag #askobama in your Tweet. And be sure to have your say in what should be asked by voting on questions submitted by others, too.

A few suggestions before submitting your questions:

Video questions are highly preferred (though we also accept text). Videos should be about 20 seconds long and be sure to ask the question directly.

Speak clearly and try to film in a place with minimal background noise. Keep the camera as still as possible.

Feel free to be creative (use props, charts, etc.) to help your question stand out. If you have time, find an interesting backdrop that may help reinforce your message.

Submit your question early. The final deadline is Wednesday, Jan. 26, at midnight ET.

This interview is the first in a series of world leader interviews coming to YouTube in 2011 as part of YouTube World View. These interviews will give people around the world the chance to engage in conversation with their elected officials and other influential people from the world of business, philanthropy, technology, media, and the arts. Check back on the channel in the next few months for more opportunities to participate.