Last week, we launched WhiteHouse.gov/SOTU, a new, fully ‘responsive’ page that provides desktop, tablet, and mobile visitors an identical experience, dynamically optimized for their specific device. Users can RSVP for the speech and receive dedicated updates, dig deeper and learn more with exclusive content like behind-the-scenes access on the speech-writing process, a series of ‘Day in the Life’ Instagram ‘take-overs’ from senior administration officials, and more. And we’ve made it easier than ever to share this content with your social networks – particularly during our exclusive enhanced live broadcast – to help you spread the word.
And President Obama wants to “keep the conversation going:”
It doesn’t end just because the speech is over. Following the speech, the page will not only have the full, enhanced video of the speech, but all of the additional White House content published before and during the speech, optimized for sharing with your social networks. Then on Wednesday, January 29th, with a nod to history (and maybe the TV show the West Wing), the Obama Administration is hosting the first-ever virtual ‘Big Block of Cheese Day,‘ during which dozens of White House officials will take to social media for a day long open house to answer questions from everyday Americans in real-time on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram and via Google+ Hangout. And on Friday, you can join the President on a virtual road trip across the country via Google+ Hangouts. Want to join in? Learn more about how you can ask questions and tune in.
Tonight’s POTUS/FLOTUS guests “will include survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings, the fire chief of an Oklahoma town ravaged by a tornado, a prominent gay athlete, a young entrepreneur, and a teacher of the year.” You can read all about all the guests at Whitehouse.gov.
Inviting guests has now become “a thing” for congressmen and senators as well. Speaker Boehner invited “two Hamilton County business executives who say their companies have been hurt by the president’s health care reform law,” among others. And pseudo-reality tv star Duck Dynasty dude will be a guest of newly elected Louisiana Rep. Vance McAllister. It was McCallister’s support for Duck Dynasty dude during the Great Oppression that got him elected to the House in the first place.
Calling it right now: Tonight's 'You Lie!' moment will be the Duck Dynasty guy blowing a duck call during Obama's speech.
— Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) January 28, 2014
Presidential guests have been customary since 1982 when Ronald Reagan invited Lenny Skutnik to sit with the First Lady. Two weeks earlier, Skutnik, a federal employee, dove into the icy Potomac River to rescue the few survivors of the Flight 90 plane crash. Now THAT was reality TV.
And because Mitch McConnell firmly believes elected leaders should represent ALL of their constituents, he will NOT be seated with the Bipartizans, he’s just that “Mitchy,”
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers will deliver the Republican rebuttal:
McMorris Rodgers is the highest ranking Republican woman in Congress, and currently chairs the House Republican conference — the party’s No. 4 leadership post. McMorris Rodgers is now in her fifth term representing a district in eastern Washington state.
Take that you haters, the Republicans love their wimminfolk. (BTW the first televised SOTU rebuttal dates back to 1966 when both Senate Minority Leader Everett Dirksen (R-IL) and House Minority Leader Gerald Ford (R-MI) responded to President Lyndon Johnson’s speech.)
And yes, “You Lie” Wilson is still in Congress.
Join us this evening for the kibitz.
UPDATE: Which State of the Union Response Is Right For Me? In America, you’ve got options. National Journal