State of the Union to broadcast on the Internet

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 | 5:47 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — In 1790, President George Washington stood in front of a new nation and delivered the first State of the Union address. In 1923, Calvin Coolidge's voice could be heard in any American home with a radio. Two decades later, Harry S. Truman televised his goals for the nation. Now, the State of the Union address is going online.

For the first time, the White House Web site will have a live stream of the State of the Union, but it doesn't stop there. Citizentube, YouTube's official political video blog, will also broadcast the speech. Viewers will be able to watch the speech and submit questions for the president. President Barack Obama will answer those questions next week in a live interview, according to Citizentube.

CNN will once again team up with Facebook for a live, interactive State of the Union experience. Facebook users will be able to comment in real time while the speech is streaming on the Web site. CNN previously partnered with Facebook for Obama's inaugural address.

Not only is the address going online, but it's also going mobile. IPhone and iPod Touch users can get the speech live through the free White House application, available through iTunes.

During his campaign, Twitter and Facebook proved to be powerful allies in Obama's race to the White House. He is the first president to utilize these mediums for the State of the Union address. From powdered wigs to PowerBooks, the address has never been more accessible.

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