State of the Union and You

Posted by on the White House Blog by Dan Pfeiffer on January 21, 2011 at 12:29 PM EST

On Tuesday, January 25, at 9 p.m. EST, President Obama will deliver the State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol.  We have been working on a number of ways citizens can get involved in the State of the Union and ask their questions of President Obama and senior Administration officials.

You can find all the details on our brand new State of the Union page.

Here’s the lineup of events next week.  Be sure to tune in to watch the speech live at 9 p.m. on Tuesday and find a way get involved.

Tuesday at 9 p.m.: Live Stream of the State of the Union

Watch the live stream of the State of the Union Address on

Tuesday Immediately After the Speech: Open for Questions

Immediately following the State of the Union Address, stay tuned for a live Open For Questions event where Senior White House officials will answer your questions about key issues addressed in the speech live from the White House. Panelists include:

  • -Brian Deese, Deputy Director of the National Economic Council
  • -Roberto Rodrigues, Special Assistant to the President for Education Policy
  • -David Simas, Director and Aide to the Senior Advisor
  • -Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications.

Submit your questions on Twitter by replying to @whitehouse using the hashtag #sotu, on Facebook, or on our webform.

Wednesday: Twitter Interview with Press Secretary Gibbs

Press Secretary Robert Gibbs will be taking your questions via Twitter before his post-State of the Union briefing on Wednesday, January 26.  Follow @PressSec on Twitter to find out when he’ll be taking your questions, then respond to @PressSec using the hashtag #1Q and watch for his video responses.

Thursday at 2:30 p.m.: Live YouTube Interview with President Obama

President Obama will answer your questions during a live YouTube interview at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday January 27. Submit your questions on

Thursday: Open for Questions Policy Roundtables

Throughout the day on Thursday, January 27, policy experts from the White House and around the Administration will be answering your questions key issue areas.  You can submit your questions during the event on Facebookor ahead of time with participating sites.  Check out the line up below:

11:30 AM EST: Economy Roundtable with Austan Goolsbee, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors, and communities from, and

1:00 PM EST: Foreign Policy Roundtable with Denis McDonough, Deputy National Security Advisor, and communities from, and

3:15 PM EST: Education Roundtable with Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education, and communities from mtvUGOODBabyCenter, and PBS Education

4:30 PM EST: Health Care Roundtable with Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, and communities from WebMDAOL, and medscape.

Vice President Joe Biden Answers Your Questions from Yahoo!

Vice President Joe Biden will be taking questions from Yahoo! readers.  Be sure to check out The State of the Union page next week to find out how to submit your questions and watch for the answers.

Good afternoon,

I just started at the White House as a Senior Advisor to President Obama, and over the past few days we’ve all been increasingly focused on Tuesday’s State of the Union Address (9 p.m. EST). The President will talk about what America needs to do to create jobs today, make America more competitive tomorrow, and win the future for our children and our country.

And to make sure that you are part of the discussion about America’s future, we’ve been working on a number of ways to use our online program to give you and Americans across the country a chance to participate in this important event and ask your own questions. That starts immediately after the speech ends, when White House policy experts will be available at to discuss the issues the President raised in the speech and to take your questions and feedback.

We’ve also lined up a series of live online events with President Obama and other senior Administration officials on Wednesday and Thursday to answer as many of your questions as possible.

Check out the lineup of events and learn how to participate:

If you only do one thing right now, be sure to mark this on your calendar:

President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union Address
Tuesday, January 25, 9 p.m. EST
Watch live @
I’ll be in touch next week with more details and reminders about all of the ways you can engage with the White House around the State of the Union Address.


David Plouffe
Senior Advisor to the President

President Barack Obama in conference call with the WORD and several other student publications Sept. 27, 2010.

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