Deliver Fireside Chats Online
"He will personally deliver occasional fireside chats via webcast."-- Obama's Blueprint for Change
The Freedom Project, chaired by House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, claims the White House is blocking a link for the GOP response to Obama's first presidential Web address. The White House allows comments on YouTube-posted videos, but the video response option is disabled.
Weekly official party responses to presidential addresses have been a common radio practice for a decade, across Bill Clinton and George W. Bush's presidencies. At the time of original "fireside chats" by Franklin D. Roosevelt, dozens of critical radio speeches aired, including ones from Herbert Hoover, Father Coughlin and Huey Long, although none "official."
JANUARY 24, 2009
Obama Continues Weekly Webcasts, Delivers First Address As President
Obama delivered his first Saturday-morning address as president, posting the Web version in the White House blog and on the 6th most viewed YouTube channel (as of Jan. 27), "The White House, Washington." Until a few days before the inauguration, Obama delivered weekly video addresses to Web users through the "Obama-Biden Transition Project" channel on YouTube, billed as "the official channel of the Office of the President-elect."