YouTube stars Bethany Mota, GloZell Green and Hank Green interview President Obama for a live streaming of the 2015 YouTube Interview with President Obama.
4:30 PM: Good evening and welcome to the live coverage of the 2015 YouTube Interview with President Obama. Interested in the way new media shapes and impacts society, I will be watching live and providing frequent updates on Obama’s interview. The White House staff, along with YouTube sensations Bethany Mota, GloZell Green and Hank Green, are setting up for the big event. The interview is expected to start in approximately 30 minutes.
4:50 PM: The make-up artists are providing the stars with final touch-ups. Bethany, GloZell and Hank are seated in front of their make-shift YouTube studios in the East Room of the White House. Obama is talking quietly with Steve Grove, director of the News Lab at Google.
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5:00 PM: The 2015 YouTube Interview with President Obama has officially begun. Tune in live at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbR6iQ62v9k, or follow below:
5:02 PM: Steve Grove and Obama take a look at the most common Google searches during President Obama’s State of The Union Address. This data was collected anonymously by Google. The most asked question during the State of the Union Address? “How old is Obama?”
5:03 PM: President Obama sits down with Hank Green of the VlogBrothers. Hank Green begins questioning Obama.
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5:05 PM: President Obama defends the government, referring to its role in Social Security and Medicare.
5:06 PM: Obama discusses drone technology. Obama references the Bin Laden operation and says that today’s technologies enable us to defend ourselves, while causing less damage to communities than previously.
5:10 PM: Obama says that our capacity to affect change in North Korea is limited because of their size and technologies. He believes that the Internet will be a major factor in encouraging change in North Korea.
5:12 PM: Hank Green asks Obama about the future of marijuana legality. Obama says he believes other states will start looking at the legality of weed. He says he has asked the Department of Justice to examine how non-violent drug offenders are being treated. Obama says both Republicans and Democrats are interested in reforming the Criminal Justice system.
5:14 PM: Hank Green says that ObamaCare has worked for him, and asks for Obama’s signature. Obama briefly discusses the importance of ObamaCare and directs viewers to the ObamaCare website.
5:15 PM: Steve Grove tells Obama that Google searches on cyber security have risen over the past few years. Grove introduces Obama to GloZell to discuss this further.
5:17 PM: Obama and GloZell discuss Sony hacking and our vulnerability towards such hackers.
5:19 PM: Obama discusses the tension between African American males and Caucasian cops.
5:22 PM: “When you’ve do something over and over again for 50 years and it doesn’t work, it’s time to try something new.”- Obama on America’s relations with Cuba
5:24 PM: Obama tells GloZell that he believes same sex marriage should be legal.
5:26 PM: Obama wants to make community colleges free.
5:27 PM: GloZell gives Obama green lipstick for the First Lady and his daughters.
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5:29 PM: Steve Grove introduces the next topic, education, to President Obama, and welcomes Bethany Mota.
5:30 PM: Obama addresses education and future plans for making college more affordable. Announces proposal to make community college free for the first two years.
5:32 PM: Bethany asks President Obama about cyber bullying. Obama replies that peers are most influential in stopping cyber bullying.
5:35 PM: Obama says Nigerian government has not been very effective in stopping Boko Haram and finding kidnapped girls.
5:37 PM: Obama says free speech and a free and open Internet is a part of who we are as a people. He says we can let China know that any government that is afraid of its own people is not going to be as effective and long-lasting as a trustworthy one.
5:42 PM: Bethany and Obama do a “lightning round” of questions she has from her audience.
5:44 PM: Obama takes a selfie with the 3 Internet sensations.
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5:45 PM: Obama says closing comments and final goodbye.