The 28-song digital mixtape is a combination of staff choices and a few of the commander in chief's personal favorites. With songs from Arcade Fire, Bruce Springsteen, Aretha Franklin, and U2 among others, it's a playlist with a message of how the staff wants to look at the election season. After the president's soulful rendition of Al Green, it's likely "Let's Stay Together" was one of his selections.
Last night President Obama shared his State of the Union address and is now giving the American public their chance to chime in by taking questions on Jan. 30 at 5:30 p.m. EST in the first ever White House Google+ Hangout.
Through Jan. 28 at midnight EST, submit your own questions on the state of the nation to the White House YouTube page and vote on those you find most important for the president to answer. Several people who submit questions will be selected to join the video Hangout and interact with the president live. Since only 10 attendees are able to participate directly in the Hangout, the rest of us will just be watching the 45-minute live video feed of the president discussing the top-rated questions from the public.
The official Google+ White House page is the president's latest push in an integrated social media presence as his staffers also recently set up an Instagram account (@barackobama) in preparation for the 2012 campaign.
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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt paid a visit to the White House this afternoon. The politically active couple said hello to President Obama while in the capital for a screening of In the Land of Blood and Honey. Brad, Angelina, and the president apparently spoke about the actors' humanitarian work, especially her activism on behalf of women around the world.
Brad and Angelina went to DC yesterday for a Holocaust Museum screening of her directorial debut. While there, Angelina assessed Obama's performance. She said, "I think there are many, many things I think have gone in a wonderful direction and there are a few things I am disappointed in, but I don't feel like tonight is the night to clarify. But there are many wonderful things that have moved forward, and of course, some other things that are very frustrating."
Neil Patrick Harris is no stranger to hosting gigs, having hosted the Tonys twice, the Emmys, the TV Land Awards, and Spike's Video Game Awards over the past few years. But he wasn't as well-versed in the art of political fundraising events when he was asked to host a reception at the White House and his standard jokes didn't go over as well as he hoped. Watch NPH tell Jimmy Fallon about what he said when President Obama surprised him on stage.
- Twitter — White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer announced on Twitter that the POTUS would be making a speech at 7:30 p.m. PST, but the first tweet about bin Laden's death came from a former chief-of-staff for Donald Rumsfeld. Twitter explosion ensues.
- Push notifications — If you have installed any news apps on your smartphones (like AP Mobile for example), you'd get quick and timely breaking news pop-ups. I got my first notification about the news shortly after the first tweet about bin Laden's death hit the Internet. I then went straight to my trending topics on Twitter to get more information.
- Text messaging — News spreads quickly online and within social networks thanks to text messaging. Texting has been growing in popularity among all age groups, and is sometimes the preferred choice of communication over phone calls and emails.
- Facebook — A group called Osama Bin Laden is Dead pops up on Facebook, and within minutes, starts collecting hundreds of fans. As more people "like" the page, the quicker the news spreads through friends.
- Live news feeds online — President Obama addressed the nation via traditional media outlets like TV and radio, as well as on Ustream. It also had embedded video on its official webpage, and on the White House Live Facebook page. Additionally, White House staffers were live tweeting key quotes during the speech on Twitter.
How has social media changed the way you consume news? Where did you first read about Osama bin Laden's death?
CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg will sit down with the president, who plans to discuss current economic conditions and "tough choices we must all make in order to put our economy on a more responsible fiscal path."
In a recent interview, the POTUS admitted that he was still (literally) attached at the hip with his BlackBerry, but he's also got his own iPad. It's not clear if the president was able to score a sold-out iPad 2 or if he's rocking a first-gen tablet, but he did say that he's able to tether it to his BlackBerry. Maybe Steve Jobs gave him a new one during their recent meet and greet in Silicon Valley?
Either way, the president is fully operational with a BlackBerry, an iPad, and his own computer.
President Barack Obama's visit to San Francisco last week included a stopover in Silicon Valley to dine with tech bigwigs like Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg. While the POTUS may warn against too much gaming and leaves his tweeting to someone else, there are signs of geek life in our 44th commander in chief. Check them out in this slideshow!
Yesterday we saw what seemed to be the official guest list for the Silicon Valley meet-up with President Obama, and it looks as if it was spot on. You can see from this image that all the heavy hitters in tech were there, including Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs (both seen flanking the POTUS), Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz (only one of two females in the group), along with Google CEO Eric Schmidt and several other CEOs including those from Twitter, Netflix, and Cisco.
A few interesting notes: you can see in the second image in this slideshow that Mark Zuckerberg left his jeans at home in exchange for a suit, while Steve Jobs kept with tradition by donning his usual St. Croix turtleneck. I guess he only breaks out the suit for the Oscars.
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As you may have already heard, the POTUS will be landing in the Bay Area tonight for a tech meet-up of his own; already-confirmed guests include Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, and Eric Schmidt. However, the dinner table will be packed with other tech CEOs and bigwigs.
See the rumored full guest list just after the break.