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President-Elect Obama's First YouTube Address

Billed on YouTube and as "Your Weekly Address from the President-Elect," the video went online at 6 a.m.; the radio version airs later in the morning.

Posted at 6:31 AM ET on Nov 15, 2008  | Category:  Primary Source
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Living in a blood-red hate state, I am so grateful to the other Americans out there who have supported their vision of an Obama Presidency with their knowledge, skill and dedicated time in time to get him elected. Thank you community organizers! Because of you I can be stronger!

Posted by: saltdog | November 16, 2008 1:57 PM

Here we are at a time in American history where the Republicans have to concede defeat of their own policy.

Until election day the majority of Republicans backed a policy of corruption and dishonesty.

Only after it was obvious the Democrats were going to succeed in their run for the top position did the Republicans turn the loaded cannon on themselves.

And my what a mess they made.

Is there anyone they didn't turn on within their own party?

President Elect Obama has what administrations haven't had for many years, the ear of the average American and I might also add, their hearts.

It wasn't the average American that got us into the mess we're in, the average American didn't go out and purchase homes five wage brackets ahead of their actual income, they weren't buying over priced, poorly made American cars either. Why? Because we didn't qualify for the mortgage or the car loan!

But guess what? We now qualify for a loan to bail out the corporate big wigs, the over paid auto worker and a segment of society that was happy to look down their nose at us while driving their Escalades to over paid jobs in the now defunct financial sector.

Mr. Obama, you have given us hope and an opportunity to take back our great country.
If we now focus our energy on creating jobs in the alternative energy field and don't look back we can become the nation we once were.

Lets quit whining and give this man who rallied the American people a chance to let us be true Americans who can hold our heads high and not be beholding to anyone ever again.

Posted by: kjhuggard | November 15, 2008 11:47 PM

Here is an Obama "fireside chat" -- without much fire. Compare the first Roosevelt "fireside chat" from March 12, 1933, available at /fdr/chat1.html, eight days after Pres. Roosevelt's inauguration. "By the afternoon of March 3 scarcely a bank in the country was open to do business...I issued the proclamation providing for the nation-wide bank holiday...No sound bank is a dollar worse off than it was when it closed its doors last Monday...There will be, of course, some banks unable to reopen without being reorganized...there will be no losses that possibly could be avoided...people must have faith; you must not be stampeded by rumors or guesses. Let us unite in banishing fear...Together we cannot fail."

Posted by: AppDev | November 15, 2008 1:11 PM

I am grateful that I now live in a country that at last has the majority coming together...Black, White, Asian, Spanish and others. With one voice saying let's be what we were designed to be...The United States of America...Powerful, Economically strong and the beacon to the world. Maybe we have that chance to establish that platform again. President Obama is right on point. Be as direct as you can without compromising our national security. You Mr. President-Elect are on the best track to the ear of the American people. I am at your service, just ask of me what you direct. You are the first President that has asked my direct involvement in the rebuilding this magnificent country with enormous potential. I am deeply grateful for your leadership. Please, Please never stop your conversation with me each Saturday. Signed...A Now, very Proud American.

Posted by: power152012 | November 15, 2008 1:04 PM

What will it cost you the person who is looking forward to retirement in years to come, as i was when REAGAN was president, and had the country in a mess as now.
I do hope you are not going to lose 60% of your social scurity as i did. OH YA they did find a way. And there is NOTHING i can do.

Posted by: dv1236 | November 15, 2008 1:04 PM

It is getting worrisome that any president-elect would begin to make FDR-like policy speeches BEFORE he is inaugurated and while we (and he) have a sitting president. No matter how insecure we may feel in these times and how much he may think he can help - there has to be a proper order. Fear has often been a justification for leaders, wittingly or unwittingly, to start taking authority that is not theirs. We must also be very wary of the "Give us a King" syndrome (see that the public can fall into.

Posted by: alaneason | November 15, 2008 1:03 PM

joethecitizen has posted a comment here fearing "subliminal advertising" in this video.

I can lay those fears to rest for a simple reason that has nothing to do with Democrats or Republicans or the Obama campaign.

The entire idea of subliminal advertising has long ago been completely debunked. It has been attempted from time to time by commercial advertisers, without any results; it has been the subject of claims that are now known to be fake; and it has even been outlawed by the FCC, which fell for the hoax. But it doesn't work. It is a myth.

For details, see a careful review of this myth at Snopes, one of the most widely accepted, nonpartisan sources on urban legends, frauds, and hoaxes, at this address:

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | November 15, 2008 12:36 PM

President elect Obama has taken the first step in bringing America together via the internet. We need to remember that WE created this great Country and our voices should be heard in Washington. Our Country is in dire straights with bad decisions from Corporate wranglers to 8 years of miss guidance of our current administration. If President elect Obama listens to our needs and can get both party sides to work together and get over themselves, forget the lobbyist influence $$$, maybe with HOPE we can be the Nation we once knew.

Posted by: timrallen_1 | November 15, 2008 12:34 PM

I am looking forward to having breakfast with President Obama every Saturday morning.

To the person who heard background sirens, chat was probably not recorded in a sound-proof studio. No doubt the broadcasts from the White House will come from a sound-proof studio.

Posted by: pbarnett52 | November 15, 2008 12:16 PM

LOL! Poor Barry!

He's done gone and gotten Mike Rogers "Excited" over him!

What will Michelle think? ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | November 15, 2008 11:44 AM

With and this web address, Obama & his team understand the bi-directional opportunity of the internet (i.e., Web 2.0). The potential to mobilize a nation ready for change and willingness to sacrifice for the common good through this vehicle is very exciting. That said, I hope that the smart people that put together this recent address don't get too clever. Does anyone else find it interesting siren sounds fade in and out under Obama's words between 0:24 to 1:10 in the address? Listen closely with headphones on. That's precisely when President-elect Obama starts and ends statements about the dire straits of the economy. To date, Obama's team has been nothing but very professional and polished. Therefore, one would expect their audio engineers to find a sound proof room or remove extraneous noise. Unless, they didn't want to or introduced it. I want more than anything for this new Administration to succeed. Therefore, I hope this is a moment of coincidence and not intentional compilation. There's too much promise in this Administration and it's political foes would like nothing more than to accuse it of manipulation and subliminal messaging. Please tell me that the sirens are a coincidence.

Posted by: joethecitizen | November 15, 2008 11:02 AM

It is so refreshing to see someone headed to the oval office with a brain!
Woo Hoo!

Posted by: MikeRogersDC | November 15, 2008 7:58 AM

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