Continuing to firm up its role as the successor to traditional network television, Google has announced plans to host a Fireside Hangout during which President Obama will answer questions from the American public.
The chat, facilitated by the search giant's new social networking tool Google+ Hangouts, will occur on Thursday, as a follow-up to the president's State of the Union address, which will be broadcast live via YouTube on Tuesday.
Google's Fireside Hangout experiment is based on the famed fireside chats held by Franklin D. Roosevelt, which were a series of radio broadcasts conducted in the 1930s and '40s. Just last month Google conducted a successful 30-minute session with Vice President Biden, a discussion with several others that focused on the issue of guns in the U.S.
To promote the upcoming presidential video chat, Google put together a short clip that highlights the historical roots of the newly tech-enabled political exchange, which you can see in the video below.