Obama to hang out on Google

President Obama will participate in a Google Plus Hangout on Thursday to answer questions about his State of the Union address.

Selected participants "who regularly discuss important issues of the day online" will take part in the video chat with the president and ask questions about his highly anticipated address to Congress on Tuesday, said Ramya Raghavan, head of Google Plus Politics, in a blog post published on Monday.

Google is also soliciting questions for the president from the public via the White House's YouTube channel. 

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The deadline for people to submit their questions for the president, via video or text format, on YouTube is Wednesday afternoon. The Hangout with the president will be streamed on the White House's Google Plus page and its YouTube channel Thursday.

A Google spokesperson said it's still finalizing the group of participants, adding that "we selected individuals who are active in their online communities, speak directly with other Americans about the issues and have a diverse range of backgrounds and perspectives." The spokesperson said Google will use some of the questions submitted from the public "to guide the discussion."


The president held a similar Hangout session following his State of the Union address last January. Other administration officials have discussed current policy topics on the Google video chat service. The series is called "Fireside Hangouts," which is a nod to President Franklin D. Roosevelt's radio addresses.

Last month Vice President Biden took part in a Google Plus Hangout that discussed gun violence in the United States with a group of selected participants, including venture capitalist Guy Kawasaki and video blogger Philip DeFranco.

YouTube will live-stream the president's State of the Union address and the Republican response from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Tuesday night.