As we blogged on Wednesday, President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address lacked appropriate emphasis on the issues that we care the most about – ending genocide and mass atrocities. This raises critical questions about what Obama is doing to prioritize the protection of civilians in places like Sudan, Syria, Burma and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Ask President Obama

Fortunately, there’s an opportunity to ask the president. On Monday, January 30, Obama will answer top-voted questions in a special post-State of the Union interview. We have submitted video questions, which you can “like” to help increase the chance that they will be asked.

To participate: visit www.youtube.com/whitehouse, search for “@endgenocide” and/or “burma violence” then click the thumbs up icon next to the videos.

View our videos below:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yb2K626PYaE[/youtube]

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aa3OuQuFp6w[/youtube]

Additional Opportunity Today

Also, don’t forget about today’s twitter Q & A on foreign policy. From 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (EST), Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting, Ben Rhodes, will be answering your questions about foreign policy via Twitter.

How to Participate

1. Ask your question on Twitter with the hashtag #WHChat
2. Administration officials respond to your questions in real-time via Twitter
3. Follow the Q&A through the @WHLive Twitter account
4. If you miss the live session, the full Q&A will be posted on WhiteHouse.gov and Storify.com/WhiteHouse

Sample Twitter Questions

1. No mention of #Sudan during SOTU. What is being done to protect civilians from Bashir’s ongoing violence & possible famine? #WHChat
2. Death toll in #Syria is rising & intl. action has been ineffective. What is the US doing to stop it? #WHChat
3. Many see hope for democracy in #Burma, but what’s being done about attacks against ethnic minorities? #WHChat

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