AmericasNewsNow.com | Breaking News-Mamma Didn’t Raise No Dummy-Obama And Gibbs Realize Value Of Social Media. In a statement by press secretary Robert Gibbs on Thursday, it’s clear the Whitehouse, both Obama and Gibbs included, realize the true value of social media on the internet.
Just a day after President Obama’s state of the union address, the Whitehouse solicited questions on Youtube. Citizens could post their questions via video or text. The next day, President Obama then responded to those questions with a Youtube video of his own. Both Obama and Gibbs, as well as the Whitehouse, can be found on Twitter as well as Facebook.
It’s clear the President and those around him realize the power of social media. So, if Twitter, Youtube and Facebook are good enough for the president, why aren’t you using them more? Below is a partial transcript of the Q and A where Gibbs addressed the question regarding the Whitehouse’s use of social media.
“Q. On one different topic, could you comment on the White House’s use of social media, which seems to be increasing? What’s the thinking behind that? Is Plouffe behind that? And is that something we’ll see continuing into the election?
MR. GIBBS: Well, I — look, obviously David is a big believer in social media. Are you talking about around the State of the Union, about some of the interactive stuff around the State of the Union?
Q. Yes, and the YouTube thing today.
MR. GIBBS: Well, obviously YouTube is a reprisal of I think something we did back in 2009. I think the President looks at something like YouTube as sort of an online town hall meeting.
Obviously a number of us use different types of social media like Twitter to communicate what the government is doing to the people in this country. I think it is a — I think it’s just another way of bringing people a little closer to the decisions that get made here and why. And I think the President, and the entire team, will continue to look for avenues and opportunities to expand the use of those entities, again, whether that be Twitter, whether that be YouTube or other aspects of social media.”