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New Online Features to Accompany State of the Union Address

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White House officials today announced new online features to accompany the live stream of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address.

The features promise to be interactive, informative and experience-enhancing and hope to answer any questions the viewers may have during the president’s address to Congress.

“As President Obama addresses the nation, WhiteHouse.gov will offer a companion stream of visual aids, like charts and quick stats to provide context and emphasize key points,” wrote White House Director of New Media Macon Phillips on the White House blog. “Anyone will be able to use this feature by heading to WhiteHouse.gov/sotu and using the ‘Enhanced’ tab.”

The enhancements to the live stream come as part of an attempt by the White House to keep viewers informed and interactive. The State of the Union website also offers participants the option to sign up for email notifications and reminders.

Following the speech, the live stream will switch to a panel of policy experts who will answer questions submitted online.

As for the rest of the week, White House officials will be “working with a wide range of online communities to surface even more feedback about the president’s speech and the state of our union,” Phillips wrote.

The State of the Union address will be held tonight at 9 p.m. EST.

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