Samara O'Shea

Fireside Chats are Bringing Sexy Back!

And in true 21st-Century fashion, they’ll be appearing weekly on YouTube. As I arrived at The Huffington Post this morning, the first headline I saw was Obama Announces Plan to Create 2.5 Million Jobs. Naturally, I was curious and followed the link to a video, which opens with a graphic that says: YOUR WEEKLY ADDRESS FROM THE PRESIDENT ELECT. I went to Obama’s Web site only to discover that this was actually unveiled last Saturday (the 15th), so I’m a little late in my discovery but am still very excited. This means that the President is going to fill the people in on his thoughts, feelings, plans, and ideas. He’ll inevitably have to break bad news to us once in a while, too. But that’s better than, “We haven’t really heard from the White House. . .”

The President of the United States has addressed the nation in a radio broadcast since Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Fireside Chats began in 1933. Or so I’m told. I’ve never heard one, but I also never went out of my way to listen. When FDR did it, radios were the main form of communication. Now who listens to them? In steps Obama. In addition to appearing on the radio weekly, Obama’s “chats” will also appear on YouTube. So we can all gather round the MAC Powerbook on cold winter nights, listen to what the President has to say, and then watch Dick in a Box—just for fun. All sarcasm aside, I think this great presidential practice has gotten a much-needed electronic update.

The segment is just under four minutes and, no, Obama doesn’t promise 2.5 million jobs by New Year’s 2009 but rather New Year’s 2011, which is hard to hear but much more reasonable. FUN FACT: Obama’s first two addresses regard the flailing economy, and FDR’s first Fireside Chat was called On the Bank Crisis, March 12, 1933.