Here’s the video of President Obama’s Google+ Hangout yesterday afternoon. It featured live questions from a few pre-selected individuals, as well as questions gathered from YouTube. The difference between this event and debates featuring questions from the Internets is that Google did a decent job selecting the questions and questioners, and they were pretty good. Obama got some tough questions and followups about foreign aid, unemployment and drones, and not a single question about his electability, his wife’s underwear or whether he should fly coach instead of using Air Force One. Here’s an interesting fact about the drone question:
For Obama, it was a significant departure from his cautious avoidance of the subject in the past. Since he has begun to shift into campaign mode in 2012, Obama has spoken often about his success in fighting Al Qaeda and its affiliates. But he hadn’t been asked directly about the drones this year until Monday.
In other words, a few people hanging out on a social media site are able to ask questions that the professional press won’t. The drone question was at about 26:30 if you’re interested.