Ask President Obama Your Questions in Online Town Hall
Last night, 40 million Americans watched President Obama's second prime time press conference to discuss some of the progress of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The President fielded 13 questions and a handful of follow-ups during a session that lasted just under an hour.
While the President focused heavily on the economy, he also answered questions on race, stem cell research, China, Israel, Mexico and the military budget.
This writer covered the preview of the press conference. For a replay of 3/24/09 press conference here.
President Obama is determined to reach as many Americans as possible in order to rally for their support of his economic plan, including the $3.6 trillion budget. To that end, the President has pioneered a different approach to reach the public by inviting Americans to use a new feature on the White House website, called Open for Questions, from Mar. 24-26, to ask questions about the economy, and rate other questions up or down. The voting will be closed at 9:30 AM on Mar.26.
The questions from around the country cover a wide range of issues ranging from education to auto industry, green jobs to home owners, veterans to small business, retirement security, and financial stability, to name a few.
Currently, there are 85,064 people who have submitted 94,885 questions, and cast 3,349,575 votes. The numbers have been updated since they were first posted.
For the first time in the history of the American Presidency, on Thursday morning, Mar.26, at 11:30 AM EST, President Obama will conduct a special Online Town Hall on the economy and answer some of the most popular questions and the event will be streamed from the White House.
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