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. Nancy

    The novelty of having a thoughtful, articulate president with superior intelligence and character has improved my mental health.

    March 26, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  2. yuri

    What a guy BHO is! It seems he is deterrmined to get his message across, not to gain popularity or immediate fame, but with genuine concern for the general public's GDP, and to generate feed back from the generations of tomorrow, even! Let's wit and see. Give him a chance to prove his worth.

    March 26, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  3. richnett

    Another first! I am waiting for this historic moment to take place. Thank you President Obama.

    March 26, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  4. WhoCares?

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

    You mean like :

    Set deadline for withdrawal of troops in Iraq.

    Start the process of closing G-Bay

    Help Women employee rights by signing the Lily Ledbetter Act.

    Set a budget that focuses on fixing HealthCare, increasing Education, and creasting Green Jobs

    You mean like those?

    March 26, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  5. Sam Sixpack

    Hey Mark! Glad to read you're watching. Why do we hear nothing about the consequences of borrowing so much money (to give to fat, greedy executives) from CHINA?

    March 26, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  6. Brij Sood

    As a "Palin democrat" (Republican voter until Palin showed up), I am impressed by what I have seen and heard from President Obama so far. He is the first president to really try and reach out to the people. In addition to openness, his accessibility shows a high level of confidence in his ability and understanding of the issues. Of course, it is a long way from understanding the issues to actually doing something about them, and the jury is still out on that.

    March 26, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  7. Tim

    Hey Mark where/how can i view this live stream?

    March 26, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  8. Rita of Dallas

    I think it is really great that we finally have leadership in the white house. What I would really like to know is this: We have bailed the financial markets and the auto industry and I am not saying that is wrong. If, I lose my job, I will not be able to pay all my bills on unemployment benefits, so not only is my credit ruined, I may lose my home and my car. Where do I go for help. My friend and I only owe 10 more years on our mortgage and we have never missed a payment. We followed all the rules. And we may still lose it all. So, someone please tell me how, myself and others in this situation get help, before they lose everything.

    March 26, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  9. markpreston

    This event reminds me a lot of the CNN/YouTube debates during the presidential campaign. Except during those debates, the candidates did not know questions.

    Here is a little bit of inside information - most of the candidates were cool to the idea of taking questions from YouTube. And now look how far we have come.

    March 26, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  10. Simmy

    I would like to hear him talk about Afghanistan, but this is not the forum for that discussion. He can't answer every question. Try and be a little understanding.

    March 26, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  11. Gloria Dudley

    Mr. President, you are doing a fantastic job leading this country out of a very deep recession. My question is, "How soon after the banks are relieved of their toxic accounts, will they be required /or if they will be required to loan money. This seems to be the blockage that is stiflening the economy.

    March 26, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  12. markpreston

    Hey Sam Sixpack:

    Did you ask that question? I would be interested in hearing how President Obama would answer that one.

    March 26, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  13. Matt

    Mel, we should ban peanuts too! Completely! I'm allergic to peanuts, and anything that was prepared with peanuts. The last time I had peanuts, I DID go to the hospital.

    Oh wait...perhaps I can just avoid peanuts myself, so others can enjoy them. Yea that sounds like a better plan. Personal responsibility.

    March 26, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  14. DianeJ08854

    @ Sherwood M, Not sure what you mean. Did you review some of the questions that were asked? So many people asked questions regarding illegal aliens, border contorl, etc.... If you think about it, the topics you mention can fit into just about all of the main topics listed, i.e. jobs, financial stability, etc... You just have to be creative in forming your question.

    March 26, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  15. Brij Sood

    Mr President

    As somebody who is continually amazed by the short-term thinking of companies, I am watching with great interest your attempt to actually increase investment when we are down. Theoretically, it seems like the only sensible thing to do; yet, in 30+ years of working with the oil industry, I am yet to see an executive roll the dice on a large capital project when oil prices are down, even though project economics are based on a 30-year life.

    Can you comment on your strategy to convince sufficient members of Congress to take the longer-term view?

    March 26, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  16. markpreston

    Where can you watch this event. Well, you can go to the official White House Web site, or you can hang with the cool kids who are viewing it at Live. That is where I am watching it. Open another browser - watch and blog away.

    OK, I admit I am not a cool kid. But I at least try.

    March 26, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  17. Regina

    Question: There are people who have not only lost their homes but also their credit trustworthiness. How can people refinance a mortgage to keep from foreclosing if their credit score has dropped? This is the same issue for those who chose to pay their mortgage but not pay credit cards.

    March 26, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  18. Joel

    This is awesome. This President keeps getting better and better each day. Innovative, Intelligent, Handsom, Caring, Listening, Hardworking, Brave, etc, etc, etc. The Haters just do not know what to do as he is always some steps ahead. God Bless you MR PRESIDENT!!! Please remain focussed and you will definately OVERCOME.

    March 26, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  19. Sean C.

    I wonder if he'll tackle the DREAM Act issue.

    March 26, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  20. brandon

    What is obama going to do for the students who are about to graduate from college with a lot of debt and can not find a job? supporter but can never find any information on this issue. Thanks

    March 26, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  21. Chad

    I'm not really sure to make of this whole thing. Half of me thinks, "neat" President who takes questions from the people. The other half of me thinks (after reading marks posts) "Obama already knows the questions in advance?" Thats a little Bush-esk isn't it?

    March 26, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  22. George

    His opening remarks seem a little lengthy...

    March 26, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  23. Michael

    I have some very serious concerns about his projected budget deficits.

    But based on his moments about petty, trival cable chatter. It is clear he does not care about my concerns on that issue.

    March 26, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  24. Debi

    It impresses me how Obama is criticized for KEEPING his promises. Imagine the criticism had he decided not to keep his promises.

    People in this country DO go bankrupt because of health issues. Most politicians do not care. They have free government funded health care.

    I think:
    if the republicans do not want government funded health care that they should all give up their free government funded health care.
    if the republicans think government is the problem, they should get out of government. I work for a company and if I thought the company was the problem with the USA I would leave in a heartbeat. Live what you believe.
    if republicans think public education is the issue they should work to fix it. Of course it is easier to lead the uneducated blindly. That is why it was illegal to teach a slave to read.
    Republicans need to step up to the plate with ideas, but I guess it is hard to get ideas out of people that can not think for themselves.

    March 26, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  25. Corey from Boston

    I think this is great. The media keeps focusing on Obama's "overexposure" but really, it's only because of the sharp contrast between him and Bush. Bush never reached out to every day people and asked their opinions. He had his own agenda. Obama has his own agenda too but at least he's considering idea's of all of us.

    March 26, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
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