When President Obama sits down with an interviewer from YouTube Monday
afternoon to sell his $3.8 trillion budget for fiscal year 2011, it
will be just the latest step by an administration relentlessly focused
on finding new ways to connect with the public.
During the 1:45 p.m. session in the White House Library, Mr. Obama
will sit down with YouTube news and political director Steve Grove and
respond to questions submitted by YouTube users. Some 11,000 questions
were submitted by video and text, the White House says. On CitizenTube,
YouTube's political platform, users cast 630,000 votes on which
questions were best.
This is the first time a president has
taken questions directly from the public on the day the federal budget
is released. The session with YouTube will follow a statement earlier
in the day by Obama to traditional media outlets in the Grand Foyer of
the White House. The president’s answers will be live-streamed at