President Obama sits down with YouTube stars, addresses key issues

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Hacking group ‘Anonymous’ member sentenced to five years in prison.

He was also confronted with several personal questions, while speaking to Bethany Mota – whose fashion and decoration YouTube channel has over eight million followers.

A freelance journalist who said he was a top player in the hacking group Anonymous was sentenced to just over five years in prison by a federal judge in Dallas on Thursday for charges including aiding in cybercrime.Just hours after he spoke to a crowd at KU on Thursday, President Obama sat down for one-on-one interviews with three YouTube stars at the White House.

A bubbly shopping guide, a charitable “internetainerpreneur” and a comedian who wears green lipstick and eats ladles of cinnamon quizzed US President Barack Obama Thursday in a series of unorthodox YouTube presidential interviews.President Obama was asked about his ‘first wife’ in a PR-disaster interview on Thursday after picking three of the most popular YouTube content creators to interview him.President Obama will field questions today (Jan. 22) from representatives of the online audience, represented by popular YouTube personalities Bethany Mota, GloZell Green, and Hank Green. Brown, 33, pleaded guilty in April to being an accessory after the fact for attempting to assist a hacker, hiding two computers from FBI agents who were executing a search warrant and threatening an FBI agent in a video.

Bethany Mota, Hank Green and GloZell Green — video bloggers who between them have received more than 1.5 billion views on YouTube — were invited to talk to Obama about his recent State of the Union address. We should start colleges,’” Obama suggested to interviewer Bethany Mota. “Well, basically, politics is just how do we organize ourselves as a society? Comedian GloZell Green, who calls herself the “Queen of YouTube,” is known for being off-beat, bawdy and funny, starting each of her videos with her signature, “Is you O.K.?” After she interviewed him about weighty topics including race relations and Cuba – we won’t repeat how she used the word “dictator” – Green told the president that her mother taught her never to visit someone’s home empty-handed. For this year’s address, the US administration put a new emphasis on social networks, including Facebook and Twitter, to try and send the president’s new policy initiatives to a broader audience.

Questions over legalizing marijuana as well as one that asked “what did you want to be when you grow up?” gave a sense of the tone of the interviews that ranged between irreverent and flattering. His ability to break down complex social and political issues so his audience of more than 2.5 million subscribers can understand them has earned him a spot in front of the President. “This continues efforts by the President and his administration to speak directly to the American people online,” explained the White House in a release. He said the government “exposed me to decades of prison time for copying and pasting a link to a publicly available file that other journalists were also linking to without being prosecuted.” “The videos were idiotic, and although I made them in a manic state brought on by sudden withdrawal from Paxil and Suboxone, and while distraught over the threats to prosecute my mother, that’s still me in those YouTube clips talking nonsense about how the FBI would never take me alive,” he said.

GloZell was later mortified after giving Obama tubes of green lipstick for, she said his “first wife” before correcting herself to say “First Lady.” Like any complex institution, the various colleges and universities in advanced Western countries evolved into being through a slow, gradual process largely outside the sphere of government. The substantive questions that made the cut were not shown to Obama ahead of time, according to a Google representative who introduced the video segment. It arose not out of government at all but through civil society — specifically mutual aid societies of foreign students who hired private scholars to teach them. But he did offer the president a commercial for his Obamcare insurance overhaul, asking for an autograph on a photo of himself holding a $5 receipt for a monthly prescription order that he said had cost $1,100 before he had insurance.

GloZell, who made no effort to hide her enthusiasm for Obama, counts among her most-watched video a 100-second short in which she screams, in character, that she loves the president because ‘He black! After declaring that politicians waved a legislative wand to “start colleges,” Obama cited the Morrill Land-Grant Act of 1862 — crediting Abraham Lincoln and referencing “something called the land-grant colleges.” After educating his interviewer about his version of the history of the origins of higher education, Obama proceeded to ramble about how important it is for these kids today to “have a voice” in “making sure the gays and lesbians and transgender persons are treated fairly.”

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