The White House blog was a veritable smorgasbord of social media on Monday afternoon when President Barack Obama conducted his first online YouTube question-and-answer session, while over on Facebook, a simultaneous conversation took place about his answers.
Obama was responding to a selection of over 11,000 questions
submitted by users, some in videos and some via e-mail, which were
chosen in a vote process during which more than 630,000 ballots were
The most popular questions concerned issues of
Internet neutrality (Obama is a big fan) and Sudan, about which the
president tried to explain why “it’s so complicated.”
“This was terrific,” Obama said as the discussion wrapped up at 2:30 p.m. “I hope we can do this on a more regular basis.”