President Obama Invites You to Google+ "Hangout" on Mon. at 5:30 PM EST
January 30, 2012 4:24 PM
(Source: Getty Images)
Google is a close ally of the President and he's not above plugging it's social network
President Obama is perhaps the
most technology-savvy president
to date. While the POTUS (President of the United States) has made plenty of controversial stands [
] over his presidency, he has made some changes that should be unilaterally welcomed and commended, such as the
We the People
White House webpage
[press release], which allows citizens to create petitions directed at the White House and Congress.
The President has a
for Google Inc. (
), whom he appointed
his official "video secretary"
. Aside from broadcasting State of the Union addresses on YouTube, something that would surely give the Founding Fathers cause to chuckle, and
pushing legislation via YouTube
, he's also gotten into Google+ of late.
Google+ is Google's
social network rival to the ubiquitous Facebook
. Unlike the Facebook's privacy-be-you-know-what policies, Google+ focuses on discretely sharing content with select circles of friends.
Today at 5:30 President Obama will
host a "hangout"
answering questions he's received in the past couple weeks on his YouTube channel.
A Google+ Hangout [Image Source: webbROI]
The President promises to answer the top rated questions, but the chat will likely provoke controversy, if previous chats on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are any indication. In those prior sessions
the President of dodging the highest rated questions -- many of which were admittedly "tough" -- instead cherry-picking "layup" questions that were easy to answer and/or made him look good.
The President's support of Google also raises some eyebrows given Google's clever use of the
"Double Irish" and "Dutch Sandwich"
(legal) tax evasion strategies, funneling money through Ireland, the Netherlands and Bermuda, courtesy of federal loopholes, to avoid paying federal income taxes on its profits. These strategies reportedly saved Google $1B USD in 2011 and cut the company's effective tax rate to 18.8 percent, far less than the standard 35-40 most small businesses pay on earnings.
Google officially raised
almost a million dollars
for the President's election bid.
This follows in the line of other key corporate friends of the President, such as General Electric Comp. (
) -- a more extreme tax evader who made $14B USD in profit in 2010, yet received a tax refund of
$3.2B USD back from the federal government
. Obama appointed GE CEO Jeff Immelt to
lead his jobs board
-- which helps decide federal tax policy -- also in 2010.
Obama also appointed John Doerr and (Intel Corp. (
) CEO) Paul Otellini to his
-- both of whom are board members at Google.
Google is known for its informal corporate motto "Don't be evil."
"We can't expect users to use common sense. That would eliminate the need for all sorts of legislation, committees, oversight and lawyers." -- Christopher Jennings
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