The State of the Union is getting a much-needed (or, maybe, completely and utterly unnecessary) dose of Internet whimsy. YouTube stars Bethany Mota, Glozell Green and Hank Green will each interview President Barack Obama after he gives his annual State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday. The program, called YouTube Asks Obama, will use questions sourced from social media.
Each of the three "stars" has a different claim to fame. Mota, perhaps the most visible of the three, makes videos primarily about makeup, fashion and hair, and has been featured prominently in several YouTube campaigns touting itself as a platform for unique content. Hank Green is one half an eclectic duo known as the Vlog Brothers, whose slogan is “Don’t Forget to be Awesome,” and Glozell Green (no relation), a comedian based in Los Angeles, has built her brand using song parodies and video interviews.
“I’m so glad I watched all those episodes of Veep,” Gozell Green deadpanned in an announcement video posted on her YouTube channel.
This is not the first time YouTube has insinuated itself into American politics. During the 2008 presidential debates between Obama and John McCain, CNN sourced a number of its questions from YouTube users.