March 26th, 2009
12:18 PM ET
14 years ago

Liveblogging President Obama's town hall


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On Tuesday, President Obama took questions from the national press corps - today, it's your turn. The president will be responding to questions from ordinary Americans this morning in a video live stream, and CNN wants hear what you think of the answers. If you'd like to weigh in, submit your comment here during the livecast. CNN Political Editor Mark Preston will be joining the conversation with instant analysis.

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  1. Shooky

    Have any of you gone to the website to see the questions that have been voted on? I will save you some time:

    The top 4 vote getters in the Financial Stability section are about legalizing weed.

    The top 7 vote getters in the Budget section are about legalizing weed.

    The top 2 vote getters in the Green Jobs & Energy section are about legalizing weed.

    The 1st and 3rd vote getters in the Jobs section are about legalizing weed.

    The #2 vote getter under Health Care Reform is about legalizing weed.


    March 26, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  2. gregory

    I am there waiting!

    March 26, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  3. karen-Phoenix

    What a great President!!! From the people, by the people and FOR the people!!

    March 26, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  4. Brent Neilsen

    President Obama, You have done a great job connecting with the individual Americans. As we understand these crisis better, what are you doing to specifically encourage development of grassroots leaders, to ensure the actions we need to push towards recovery are taken?

    March 26, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  5. Fredrick

    What's next? Will our president start to twitter about what he does on the daily basis?

    March 26, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  6. Mel

    I'm so very impressed with Obama and I'll be there. I just won't be able to hear anything he says because I'm at work.

    March 26, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  7. Simmy

    Like the Jackson Five, 'I'll be there.'

    March 26, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  8. Lillie

    President Obama rocks! And its great to have a president who can handle several things extremely well at one time!!

    Obama/Biden 2012

    March 26, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  9. Terri

    This is great. President Obama really, really cares about ordinary citizens.

    March 26, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  10. John M Kuykendall

    President Obama,

    The Bush and Cheney years saw a huge expansion in executive power. What will you do to return the "balance" to our checks and balances?

    March 26, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  11. mark

    my question would be: Are you going to do anything you campaigned on?

    March 26, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  12. Maggie from Virginia

    Obama is a President for the People! Politics will never be the same. Just think... Even the GOP is starting to embrace technology. Obama is a true leader.

    March 26, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  13. markpreston

    Good morning everyone.

    I will be spending the next hour with you watching and commenting on President Obama's virtual town hall. So, please fire away and let me know if YOU think the president is answering the questions.

    March 26, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  14. Sherwood M.

    Talk about Propaganda...

    Look at the topics we ARE ALLOWED TO DISCUSS....

    Education ...
    Home Ownership ...
    Health Care Reform ...
    Veterans ...
    Small Business ...
    Auto Industry ...
    Retirement Security ...
    Green Jobs and Energy ...
    Financial Stability ...
    Jobs ...

    Even though it affects ALMOST EVERY AREA OF DISCUSSION, where is the topic of Illegal Aliens, Illegal Immigration, Border Control and NATIONAL SECURITY....

    Am I the only one that finds it VERY DISTURBING that we Americans cannot discuss this important topic with the president? E Verify would see 4 million illegal aliens FIRED, would keep 300,000 Illegal Aliens NOT GET STIMULUS why are we as Main Street Americans not allowed to give our say on this important issue to our own financial well being and stability?

    March 26, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  15. Gretta Smith

    I cannot predict the measure of success President Obama will be able to achieve through his programmes, spending, initiatives and policies, but one thing is sure and that is, no other President could have done any better. This is a "People's President". Let us give him the support and our trust and I am sure that things will turn around for the better. This president has the people's welfare at heart and nothing else. Let us not listen to any one who says otherwise. gretta

    March 26, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  16. Tracy

    When will there be help for homeowners with jumbo loan mortgages? Many people with more expensive have either been laid off or are no longer earning the same amount of money and have trouble paying these mortgages. We need help too!

    March 26, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  17. S Callahan

    Sherwood don't get too upset....Your comment is now being read by say...a good 3 million It's my were just heard.

    March 26, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  18. DJ

    President Obama,
    You have been a wonderful President and I want to hear anything and everything you have to say. If you want to talk about an ant trying to cross the road, believe me I will be where ever there is television set to hear and watch you speak. You are awesome!

    March 26, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  19. a

    I will be watching.....Oh...what a great president...let's just hope that everyone is nice to him and does not make him mad or he will not answer your questions and that would not be very nice. I also hope that he stops the blame game! So tired of hearing it! Reform of health care...NO!!!!!! Talk to other countries who have it! I paying your TAXES!!!!! I believe sooooooo.

    March 26, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  20. S Callahan

    It's kind of funny that nobody has addressed the one million or so petition given to Pres. Obama about disclosing UFO's in America...
    or the petitions send to legalize marjuannia...... those are two issues that have alot of young dying to get answers on.....

    March 26, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  21. Proud American Citizen

    This is absolutely an innovative idea! We now have a president that is so interested in the people's thoughts, questions, and concerns, that he seeks out new ways to engage us. Well done, President Obama!

    I've heard many in the press bemoaning the event as a way to "bypass" the traditional press. Since when did the press become the only way American citizens can hear from their president? Shouldn't the press be thrilled that people are so interested in politics? Also, did it occur to any of the press that they are American citizens too? Perhaps they could take the time to create an account, login, and submit a question – as a regular American.

    The role of the press should never be interpreter for the common citizen – if/when this happens, the press becomes the power, not the people. As citizens, we are responsible to listen to our politicians, be informed about issues, and communicate through voting and/or contact with our representatives.

    March 26, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  22. Mel

    I am absolutely disgusted at the number of questions by people trying to legalize marijuana on

    I'm so against it there aren't even words. If nothing else, because people in the US are so selfish that they don't care if someone else may be allergic to it like I am. It could put me in the hospital. The last time I was in a room filled with the smoke for only five minutes, I had to crawl up the stairs on my hands and knees because I could barely see. I was almost hospitalized.

    March 26, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  23. Carla Calk

    I am in a situation like most others with their house fixing to be foreclosed on because of sub prime mortgage, however, I have done everything right. I tried the Hope for Homeonwers, tried to work with my mortgage company and do a reduce amount and they would only reduce it by $200.00, and that did not work, I am trying to do a short sale now, and my second lien holder wants 75% of what I owe them, so that is not working and now I am going to foreclosure.

    For all of us who have done it right and tried to make it right we get nothing from our lenders to help out.

    Why does ithave to be that way?

    March 26, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  24. Fair is Fair

    Mr. President,

    I would like to know what your adminiatration plans on doing with the runaway inflation that will inevitably occur as a result of the infusion of trillions into the monetary system.

    March 26, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  25. Char59

    Comment by Sherwood M.

    I thought this town hall is about the Economy, not the National Security, maybe that is the next one!!! So hold on to the seat of your pants and don't be so critical!!!!

    March 26, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
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