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President Obama to Have Official Google Hangout this Evening

by Sean P. Aune | January 30, 2012January 30, 2012 1:30 pm PST

Official portrait of President Barack Obama

When the White House joined Google+, it promised that there would be official Google Hangout sessions with officials from the most famous home in the United States, but it doesn’t get much bigger than the President himself.

Today the White House took to its Google+ page to announce that a Google Hangout would be happening at 5:30 PM EST this evening with President Obama.

Hangout with President Obama tonight! In the first completely virtual interview from the White House, the President will answer questions submitted by people across the country through a Google+ Hangout. Watch the interview live on January 30th at 5:30 p.m. EST right here on the White House Google+ page.

The president will spend 45 minutes answering questions that were posted on YouTube over the past several weeks and received the most votes as the questions that should be put to him.  Google is saying that the White House has had no input into which questions will be put before the president during the session to be hosted in the Roosevelt Room this evening.

Ever since his campaign for the presidency in 2008, Obama’s staff has shown a definite fondness for social media, even going so far as to host town halls on Twitter, releasing its own mobile apps and joining Foursquare.  Google+ is just the latest in this string of events, and you kinda have to wonder what Mark Zuckerberg, whom the president has had dinner with, feels about the president jumping ship to the latest kid on the social networking block.

Will you tune into the Google Hangout this evening?

[via CNN, source White House Google+ page]

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...