Destin Sandlin, Alabama native and founder of the popular YouTube channel “Smarter Every Day,” will interview President Barack Obama at the White House this week as part of a public outreach effort.
Sandlin is an engineer at the Redstone Arsenal Army base near Huntsville, in Madison County. On his regular video blog, he discusses scientific, social, and political issues in a breezy, well-informed manner.
Obama is participating in the event as part of an “#YouTubeAsksObama” to engage the great many Americans who rely more and more on the Internet as a source of news and information, and will field questions from two other big-name YouTubers as well, namely Ingrid Nilsen and Adande Thorne, better known as “sWooZie.”
Sandlin says he will ask the commander in chief scientific, as well as personal questions. He boasts about 3.5 million subscribers, and something similar to that large figure is likely to view his exclusive with Obama.
“We have a huge opportunity here,” Sandlin said. “The format is going to be really cool. They created a small version of my office that’s going to be there at the White House so we can just hang out and talk like we always do, except the president’s there.”
You can submit a question for Sandlin to ask the President by tweeting at him – @smartereveryday – using the hashtag #YouTubeAsksObama.