President-Elect Barack Obama Brings Fireside Chat to YouTube

President Franklin D. Roosevelt helped America get through years of depression and war by addressing the nation each week by radio, explaining his policies to the people and asking for support. They were so popular and effective that a weekly radio address has been a standard requirement for every President since, even if nobody gathered around anymore. With America once again in dire financial hardship and facing overseas conflicts, Barack Obama will take the fireside chat into the 21st C. this weekend by presenting his addresses on YouTube, a medium people actually pay attention to. He says he’ll continue the practice at the White House. [BNO]