President Barack Obama will hold a live interview on YouTube Friday, days after delivering the final State of the Union address of his presidency. Obama will be interviewed at the White House by three YouTube creators, as he was after last year's State of the Union. The YouTube stars, Destin Sandlin, Ingrid Nilsen, and Adande Thorne, will ask their own questions, as well as those submitted by social media users under the hashtag #YouTubeAsksObama. The event will begin at 2:15PM ET on Friday, and will be streamed live on the White House YouTube page.
Obama has embraced social media throughout his presidency, and has held Q&A sessions following previous State of the Union addresses on both YouTube and Google Hangouts. The White House is ramping up its efforts once again ahead of tonight's speech, which will be streamed on-demand on Amazon Instant Video, it was announced yesterday. The White House also launched a Snapchat account on Monday, promising a "behind the scenes" look at the president's preparations for the State of the Union.