Today, in his fifth State of the Union address, President Obama will speak to Congress and America, explaining his plan of action for the upcoming year. The President’s State of the Union address is an annual tradition dating back to our country’s Founding Fathers and will be televised on all major news stations at 9:00 p.m. EST.
This year, there are more ways than ever to take part in the event. The White House has invited a select group of active social media followers—teachers, journalists, college students, and many others—from around the country to attend the event in person and “live tweet” the President’s address from the White House. Bernetta Reese, a digital communications manager for the government is one of these guests and will be attending a live panel discussion with White House officials immediately following the President’s speech. She will have the opportunity to ask senior White House advisors questions about the President’s vision and policies as they engage in real-time conversation with event participants and followers online.
“As a mother and civil servant, the President’s address will touch me deeply. I volunteer a great deal across government and in the public school community so I fully understand the meaning of “opportunity, action, and optimism” which the President will speak about and it’s what I teach my children every day. Having participated in other online socials such as NASA’s, I enjoy the powerful reach of social media and I am truly honored to be part of this momentous event.” She has invited her followers to participate by tweeting and posting questions using the hashtag #SOTU and #SOTUChat. Participants can also follow and tweet her directly @BernettaReese on Twitter.
Through social media, there will be numerous ways to watch the speech, share exclusive graphics, and discuss President Obama’s remarks with White House officials after the address.
On their website WhiteHouse.gov/SOTU, the State of the Union will be streamed through an enhanced version of the speech that includes graphics, data and charts to better illustrate the topics discussed. Follow @WhiteHouse on Twitter for news updates before, during and after the address.