The Internet had a historic win last night when U.S. President Barack Obama sat down with three famous YouTube personalities individually, in a special live streaming event The Youtube Interview with President Obama at the White House.
The interviews were conducted by YouTubers Hank Green, Bethany Mota and GloZell Green, and each one of them had a chance to ask the president questions regarding his State of the Union address, among others.
The first YouTuber to sit down with Obama was Green, who touched on topics like legalization of marijuana and Obamacare during his part of the interview.
“I don't think I'm going to get a lot of chances to interview the president so I'm going to jump right in," Green began, before discussing how some of the ideas in president’s SOTU didn’t seem politically feasible.
"There are some areas where right away we can get cooperation," Obama replied. "There are some areas where it's important for us to frame the debate and get the American people behind us."
Next to interview the president was GloZell Green, who talked about cybersecurity in the wake of Sony hack and had a small debate regarding racism in the country. The YouTube star even brought a gift for the first lady and her daughters. However, while presenting the president with her signature green lipsticks, she accidentally said "first wife" instead of first lady.
“First wife? Do you know something I don’t?” Obama asked with a chuckle before receiving the gifts GloZell had brought along.
Bethany Mota was next in line for the chat. She raised some concerns regarding affordable college education and bullying – both cyber- and real life. To make the interview a little lighter, she also delved into a "lightning round" with the president, asking him some fun things her fans had wanted to know.
The 19-year-old asked Obama to pick his choice of superhero powers. "Flying thing seems pretty cool," Obama replied.
The interviews were conducted in the East Wing of the White House on makeshift sets designed by the YouTube celebrities themselves.
Steve Grove, the director of Google’s News Lab, was also present at the White House and showed the president and the viewers some statistics collected during State of the Union speech in between the interviews.
A Twitter trend #YouTubeAsksObama trended right before the interview, where fans of these YouTubers mentioned the topics they wanted to be discussed.
Take a look at the 46-minute-long interview below: