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WTF? President Obama Was Asked To Do A “Jig” During A Google+ “Hangout” Interview

Submitted by on February 1, 2012 – 2:39 pm3 Comments
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Whether you love him or hate him—we’ll avoid saying which way we lean since this post isn’t really about politics—you can’t deny the fact that President Barack Obama has done an exceptional job at embracing new forms of technology all throughout his Presidency. So if there’s a new form of technology that people are using to communicate, there’s a good chance President Obama will give it a try and utilize it to the best of his ability. Case in point: The President held a Google+ “Hangout” on Monday night in order to answer questions directly from the American people. More than 125,000 people “hung out” with the President and watched him answer questions and communicate directly with average Joes.

It was pretty neat, too. At this point, we’ve all become pretty complacent when it comes to technology. But it’s amazing to think that just a few years ago, things like this weren’t possible. The President couldn’t sit in front of a computer and chat with the American people! So that aspect of it was cool. What was not cool, though, was when one woman from Fort Worth, Texas was allowed to speak with the President very briefly and asked him to do a “jig” for the “Hangout.” Yes, that’s right—a jig (fast-forward to the 45:45 mark to see her ask it). The President brushed it off and made light of the situation right away, but to all of us out there who saw it, it was a strange and surreal moment when the woman decided to ask that question, given the racial implications of it and the randomness of it as well.

C’mon, guys. We’re the first generation ever to have this kind of access to the President. So rather than waste our time asking him silly questions, we should take our moments seriously. The truth is that President Obama doesn’t have to do these kinds of things. It’s a privilege for us to get the kind of attention that he gives us through social media. So instead of asking him to do a “jig,” we should be asking thoughtful questions that result in answers that are helpful to the American public. Next time he decides to do something like this, we should all keep that in mind.

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