Obama Announces His Plans For The Future Of The Country On YouTube

Dec 6th, 2008 | By | Category: Internet TV, Video

We’ve mentioned President-elect Barack Obama‘s use of YouTube previously – but it’s worth noting again that he’s using YouTube in a revolutionary way. 

In his latest video, he outlines his plan for the immediate future of the United States, focusing on 5 key points:

  1. ENERGY: “[W]e will launch a massive effort to make public buildings more energy-efficient. Our government now pays the highest energy bill in the world. We need to change that. We need to upgrade our federal buildings by replacing old heating systems and installing efficient light bulbs. That won’t just save you, the American taxpayer, billions of dollars each year. It will put people back to work.”
  2. ROADS AND BRIDGES: “[W]e will create millions of jobs by making the single largest new investment in our national infrastructure since the creation of the federal highway system in the 1950s. We’ll invest your precious tax dollars in new and smarter ways, and we’ll set a simple rule – use it or lose it. If a state doesn’t act quickly to invest in roads and bridges in their communities, they’ll lose the money.”
  3. SCHOOLS: “[M]y economic recovery plan will launch the most sweeping effort to modernize and upgrade school buildings that this country has ever seen. We will repair broken schools, make them energy-efficient, and put new computers in our classrooms. Because to help our children compete in a 21st century economy, we need to send them to 21st century schools.”
  4. BROADBAND: “As we renew our schools and highways, we’ll also renew our information superhighway. It is unacceptable that the United States ranks 15th in the world in broadband adoption. Here, in the country that invented the internet, every child should have the chance to get online, and they’ll get that chance when I’m President – because that’s how we’ll strengthen America’s competitiveness in the world.”
  5. ELECTRONIC MEDICAL RECORDS: “In addition to connecting our libraries and schools to the internet, we must also ensure that our hospitals are connected to each other through the internet. That is why the economic recovery plan I’m proposing will help modernize our health care system – and that won’t just save jobs, it will save lives. We will make sure that every doctor’s office and hospital in this country is using cutting edge technology and electronic medical records so that we can cut red tape, prevent medical mistakes, and help save billions of dollars each year.”

While Obama has discussed much of this before, it’s amazing to see the President to be outlining his plans with new media.

via Politico

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4 Responses to “Obama Announces His Plans For The Future Of The Country On YouTube”

  1. President Obama really understands viscerally the opportunities that “neümedia”* affords.

    Its lets him escape “below the radar” from all the gate keepers who try to control everything he does and everyone he sees so that everything reads, sound and looks “the same as it ever was.” Its their way of enforcing “group-think” and conformity.

    It will take some time for them to make the adjustments and reach the accommodations necessary so that they understand their new roles and then there will be a new equilibrium.

    *I know it just a translation that means “New Media” but I’m so tired of hearing “New Media” over and over. “Neümedia” is a break from that.

  2. elwina says:

    Except that neümedia is a lot harder to type and it makes us all sound like German nihilists.

  3. frenacula says:

    Anybody know if this is available as a video podcast – or it is only on YouTube?

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