Obama unveils college proposal on Vine, Facebook and Twitter

Looking to drum up support prior to the State of the Union address, the President gave social media followers a preview.

President Obama wants to make the first two years of college free, and he’s turned to social media to get the word out.

“What I’d like to do is to see is the first two years of community college free for everybody who’s willing to work for it,” he said Thursday in what he called a “sneak peek” at his Jan. 20 State of the Union address.

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In the video, Obama outlines the reason for his proposal, inspired by a similar program, “The Tennessee Promise”:

I think everybody understands [education] is the key to success for our kids in the 21st century. But what we also understand is that it’s not just for kids. We also have to make sure that everybody has the opportunity to constantly train themselves for better jobs, better wages, better benefits.

A shorter version of the announcement was shared on Twitter and Vine:

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