1,000 Videos and Counting

It snuck up on us a bit, but yesterday we uploaded our 1,000th video to YouTube. From day one of this Administration, we have made it a priority to make freely available to the public as much video content as we can in service of President Obama's commitment to an open and transparent government. Toward that goal, we launched the official White House channel on YouTube on Inauguration Day, with the President's Inaugural Address as our most watched YouTube video to date at 1.3 million views. This channel has continued to be an online venue for people around the globe to view everything from press briefings to speeches to the President's Weekly Address to feature videos that open up the gates of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in new and fun ways. 

Looking back at these thousand videos, here are some crowd favorites, historic moments, and one day of Snowmageddon:

  • Fulfilling a campaign promise, President Obama made history by giving the first ever weekly video address by a sitting president, an update to the traditional Presidential radio address:

  • In an effort to provide a glimpse of the life and work in the Executive Branch, we have created a series of behind-the-scenes videos called "Inside the White House," the first of which looks at President Obama's daily practice of reading correspondence from the public:
  • One series we recently launched is the "West Wing Week," a weekly recap of the flurry of events that happen at the White House:
  • You can also keep up with First Lady Michelle Obama (she has her own playlist), as in this video from her recent trip to Haiti with Dr. Jill Biden:
  • To open the doors of government work further, we have posted various meetings and forums such as the Bipartisan Meeting on Health Reform this past February:
  • And finally, record snowfall blanketed the Washington, D.C. area this February. One of our videographers had too much fun documenting Snowmageddon at the White House:

YouTube isn't the only home for our videos--you can of course find them here at whitehouse.gov/video as well as via podcast and on Vimeo. And a note on accessibility for the hearing impaired. From the very beginning of the Administration, all of our video content on YouTube and at whitehouse.gov is closed captioned, which can be activated by the "CC" button on the players.

Jason Djang is the Director of Video, White House New Media.

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