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President Obama to return to Google Hangouts after State of the Union

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Obama Hangout Road Trip
Obama Hangout Road Trip

President Obama will once again use Google Hangouts to speak to Americans, this time after his State of the Union address next Tuesday. On Friday, January 31st, the president will use Hangouts on Air to chat with three different citizens from the West, Midwest, Northeast, and South, who will be able to ask questions about the address as it pertains to their part of the country.

The White House has a love affair with Hangouts

The event will be another chance for President Obama to use Google's tools to talk to citizens in an environment that the White House can more directly control. Google also benefits from Obama's apparent love affair with Hangouts — this time the president will using (and thereby touting) several of Hangout's new features. This "Hangout Road Trip" is slightly different than previous presidential sessions, in which all of the questions the president answered were submitted before the actual live event. This time, President Obama will not only be talking live to a few selected Americans, but he'll also answer some submitted questions.

According to Google's official blog post, anyone can record a 60-second video with a question, post it to YouTube or Google+, and share it with the hashtag #AskObama2014. Viewers can vote on these follow-up questions using the Google+ Q&A application for Hangouts on Air, and the president will answer the most popular ones. You can watch the State of the Union live on YouTube on Tuesday, January 28th, at 9PM EST.