Thursday, December 4, 2008

Obama touts 5 million green jobs in first YouTube address

In an address to the nation via YouTube that is already being compared to Franklin Roosevelt's fireside radio chats, President-elect Barack Obama focuses on the economy saying that despite the challenges he knows the country can dig itself out of the recession. And he pledges $150 billion to build an "American green energy economy" that could create five million new jobs and remove the country's dependence on foreign oil.

The video had attracted more than 500,000 views as of Sunday morning, and is part of Obama's larger strategy of using technology to connect with citizens and make the government more efficient. (However, Th New York Times reports he will most likely have to give up his Blackberry.)

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