Maybe I’m an easy marker, but this works better than you might think — the President is very comfortable talking to Tha Yoot one-on-one. Even NPR was impressed:
… [T]he president sat down for interviews with three YouTube stars: GloZell Green, known for her outrageous experiments and observations; Bethany Mota, a 19-year-old who gives makeup and decorating tips; and Hank Green, who co-creates videos about science, tech and more.
Some of the questions got right to the point. Obama glossed over issues of race and policing during his State of the Union address, but GloZell Green forced him to expand on the issue with this question: “I hope that this changes — how can we bridge the gap between black, African-American males and white cops?”
Nineteen-year-old Bethany Mota asked the president why she and other young people should even care about politics. High-five, Hank Green, for saying what many younger viewers were thinking as they watched Tuesday’s State of the Union: Is it all just talk?…
“There are some areas where I think we can get some Republican cooperation,” Obama replied. “There are some areas where it’s important for us to frame the debate and get the American people behind us.”…
Mota had a confession: Before preparing to interview the president, she said, “I never really followed politics that much.”
“Politics is just — How do we organize ourselves in a society? How do we make decisions about how we’re going to live together?” the president responded….
At Bloomberg Politics, Arit John points out that aging political junkies are not exactly the President’s target audience:
…[I]s it really beneath the dignity of the president to engage with millennials—the country’s largest constituency—in the way that interests them? Younger people vote at embarrassing low rates, and to the extent that they do follow the news, they’re more likely to get it through social media than older Americans. Meanwhile, the three stars who interviewed Obama—Green; Hank Green, 35; and Bethany Mota, 19—have 13.8 million subscribers between them, and many of those followers think it’s beneath the dignity of the media to scoff at the session…
What say you guys?