Saturday, November 15, 2008

Doing FDR One Better - Not for the Last Time

In 1933, FDR became the first president to incorporate a relatively new technology to communicate directly with the American people.

In 75 years, including 60 years of televised speeches, press conferences and photo ops, and even Reagan's 1981 establishment of the weekly radio address, no president has improved on the direct simplicity of FDR's Fireside Chats on the radio.

Until today.

Barack Obama has posted the first of his weekly YouTube addresses to the nation, a modern-day replacement of the old-fashioned weekly radio addresses. In this one, Obama urges immediate Congressional action on the economy:

For us elderly luddites who haven't quite mastered the U-Toobz, Obama's video talks will also be broadcast on radio.

Cross-posted at They Gave Us A Republic ....