As a candidate, Barack Obama benefited greatly from the power of the Internet, tapping Web tools to reach, motivate, and collect funds from millions of people across the country. As president, Obama has cemented his role as the nation's most connected president to-date, incorporating technology as a cornerstone of key initiatives from healthcare reform to education. Taking a page from corporate America, Obama hired a chief technology officer to oversee the nation's IT direction. And, though he h
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Obama continues to tap the power of YouTube, most recently becoming part of the video website's live streaming experiment. The president addressed the nation via YouTube to discuss the BP oil spill in the Gulf and the cessation of the U.S. combat role in Iraq. Earlier in the year, YouTube audience members asked questions of the president, which he later shared via the site.