The President’s 2011 State of the Union Address
President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address for 2011 begins at 9 p.m. Eastern, 8 p.m. Central, and 6 p.m. Pacific Time. Most networks will be carrying the address, including C-Span and PBS. Hulu and You Tube are also live streaming the President’s remarks. Progressive sites like Free Speech TV may not be interrupting programming to cover the speech, but they may give a critical wrap-up tomorrow.
This year’s address is promising to be interesting. Apparently, with this live stream direct from WhiteHouse.gov, there will be graphs and charts shown during the President’s speech so that people can visualize what he is referring to and understand what he is talking about.
Moreover, the citizenry are welcomed to send questions during and immediately after the President’s remarks to a panel of White House advisers. In other words, the President wants to hear from you, and answer your questions. They include:
Brian Deese: Deputy Director, National Economic Council
Roberto Rodriguez: 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
The moderators are Kalpen Modi, White House Office of Public Engagement and Sarah Bernard, White House New Media.
You can send in your questions electronically:
1. On Twitter: Reply to @whitehouse using the hashtag #sotu
2. On Facebook: Post your questions to the White House Live application
3. On http://www.whitehouse.gov/sotu-questions: through the webform
And if you want to know, these people, among 19, will also share a place of honor in the First Lady’s box along with the Second Lady, Jill Biden:
1. Amy Chyao is a sixteen-year-old high school junior from Richardson, Texas who has developed a photosensitizer for photodynamic therapy (PDT), an emerging cancer treatment that uses light energy to activate a drug that kills cancer cells.
2. John and Roxanna Green of Tucson, Arizona are the parents of eleven-year-old Dallas and the late Christina Taylor, the nine-year-old girl killed when a gunman opened fire on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson earlier this month.
3. Gunnery Sergeant Mohabir of Fort Lee, Virginia enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in December 1991. Gunnery Sergeant Mohabir has deployed three times to Iraq and to Afghanistan.
4. Brandon Ford is a junior at West Philadelphia High School who also participates as a leader of the West Philly Hybrid X Team, an after school program. Brandon and the Hybrid X team recently entered two cars in the Progressive Automotive X PRIZE competition. They advanced to an elimination round with their Ford Focus that got an official 65.1 MPGe.
5. Daniel Hernandez from Tucson, Arizona currently serves as a Congressional Intern for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and a Director with the Arizona Students’ Association. Hernandez, 21, is credited with saving Giffords’ life after she was shot with several other constituents.
6. James Howard of Katy, Texas was diagnosed with brain cancer in March 2010, and later thought his lack of health insurance was a death sentence. Fortunately, he was able to join the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan, and is now getting the treatment he needs.