March 26th, 2009
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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. Lisa

    President Obama,

    Your Healthcare Reform, will it help lower the premiums for all corporations? I ask this because where I work , our premiums increase every year and in return it takes away the raise that we receive. I consider myself in good health and at times I feel this is not fair to people that only have their annual office visit once a year for their permiums to keep continuing to increase.

    March 26, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  2. Shooky

    This is just more smoke & mirrors from Obama. Is he really going to take the questions that received the most votes? Of course not. Most of them are about making weed legal! Even in the Budget & Financial Stability categories! Look for yourself at They will hand pick questions that fit with the same tired talking points he always makes. He will blame Bush for inheriting a $1 Trillion deficit, but never mention the CBO estimates of the $9 Trillion deficit his plans will create. He'll take a question about AIG bonuses and give an answer about healthcare. I never have fallen for it and I never will. People really need to THINK about the things that come out of his mouth!

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

    Mark, my question is,

    President Obama, When are you going to start posting bills on your website for the american people to review before you sign them. You promised durring the campaign that you would give the American public 5 days to review bills before you sign them.

    Thank you

    March 26, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  4. Ryan P Waldon

    Why doesn't the president just get his own talk show?

    March 26, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  5. markpreston

    President Obama's opening remarks seemed to me to be very much like a campaign stump speech.

    But I think it is fair to say we are in a permanent campaign. Did you know that Organizing for America launched a national cable ad today urging voters to pressure Congress to support his budget?

    Obama's political arm buys TV time to pressure Congress

    March 26, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  6. Dan, TX

    Everyone votes on the questions, so next time, maybe more people will vote to make sure the questions the most people think are important get asked.

    Just don't keep sending in the same question all the time....

    March 26, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  7. Mike

    Higher teacher pay is a must.

    March 26, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  8. Go Mr. President!

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

    Better than the twit before who could not string two sentences together- who then disappeared and hid behind the White House Walls! I, for one, am interested in what the President does each day ... working hard, keeping in touch with the American people and not in bed by 9:00PM!

    If you don't care to be informed in detail, change the channel to TV Land and browse somewhere else on the internet.

    March 26, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  9. markpreston


    I agree with you. I think President Obama should be praised for embracing new media to help bring more people into the process. But he does have an advantage because he knows the questions in advance.

    Do you think he boned up on the answers to the questions before he entered the room?

    March 26, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  10. Fair is Fair


    The President campaigned on transparancy. He broke his promise about posting legislation for 5 days before it is signed.

    Your thoughts?

    March 26, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  11. Zion


    Go to Let me know if that's what you're looking for.

    March 26, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  12. markpreston


    He does have his own talk show. It is called the bully pulpit of the White House. Whenever he speaks we all listen to him. If you can imagine, he is more powerful than his friend Oprah!

    March 26, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  13. misty

    i have one of those intrest only loans for 7 yrs and then the full bal comes due that was the only way we could seem to get into a home and believe it or not we were more aware then most as to what we could afford and stayed with in that amount. my problem is now that we are in we would like to conform our loan to a traditional 30 yr fixed but our lenders will not work with us neither will other banks. The only debt we have is a home and 1 car that will be paid off next feb. if you could help with an idea or 2 on what to do?

    March 26, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  14. obama-mama


    Why didn't the President give taxpayers money to buy vehicles instead of giving it to the auto industry. If the taxpayers received vouchers from the government to purchase an American made vehicle of their choice there wouldn't be a need for a bailout.

    March 26, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  15. Kenneth Rios

    Interesting questions: where did our jobs go and when will they be back?

    March 26, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |

    thaks to this graet president of us,he is engaging,informative and smart,no one knew what the bush admistration was doing for eight years behind the close doors,we have waited so long for this kind of a presidency,god bless him and the us,i am very proud of him,he is doing all the right things to put the country on the right path.i watch him every night on cnn,msnbc go mr. president,we will be behind you all the way.

    March 26, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  17. George

    Well, judging from the lenghty pause prior to answering the first video question, I doubt he was ready for that one. I don't think he saw it in advance. I suspect he saw the text questions, simply because everyone knew the most popular ones were going to be asked. Not so certain about the video ones though...

    March 26, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  18. Drummer

    "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."

    Now if only the government would actually listen to the people!

    March 26, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  19. Kenneth Rios

    obama-mama because getting people to buy American made cars does not reach the entire problems. These companies need to be restructured.

    March 26, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  20. Fair is Fair


    The issue, most likely, is that the house value has decreased to a point where it's worth less than when you bough it, thereby evaporating your down payment (if any was made), With everyone and their brother looking at loans that are being made now, you are in a very difficult spot.

    March 26, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  21. DONNA

    Is this true or false–If South Carolina's Governor elects not to
    accept the stimulus monies for our state will we as SC citizens of
    the state still be required to pay the monies back with interest. I understand that since this money has been set aside for our state
    that we will indeed be taxed to pay it back even if we do not accept it.

    March 26, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  22. Indira

    President Obama came on board with multiple major problems and issues facing the country !! He is confronting these issues with excellence !! It will be hard to find a President with such high morales, values and so willing to work hard for the American people !!

    March 26, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  23. Farid Shakur

    I find President Obama to be honest, hardworking, clean, highly educated beyond the qualifications for being President and capable of dealing with got 0 plans Republicans. He is the best this country has for our times it will be a scary time when his eight years will be over, i pity this country unless the voters are still smart and elect another good person and we should know it won't be a republican just listen to how unintelligent they speak!

    March 26, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  24. George

    I wonder who the target audience here is...I suspect most of the online crowd are likely either strongly pro Obama or strongly against Obama. I doubt any middle of the road people are currently watching...but then again I could be wrong...

    March 26, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  25. Dan, TX

    Isn't it better for him to prepare his answers to the question ahead of time. If the question is good, then don't you want his best answer? I don't understand the advantage of a question that is not known in advance.

    If the question is bad, then this is not a good event. If the questions are good, then I want his best answer. I guess there is a better chance for a gaffe if he is unprepared for a question. Is that what news is – capturing gaffes? I thought it was getting at what the president's policy ideas are. Don't you want him to think about it carefully so he can fully answer the questions? Then the news media can criticize him if he does not answer fully. Or criticize him if the questions are softballs are irrelevant. Or is every question a softball? I got the impression with Bush that every question was difficult to answer no matter how hard you prepared ahead.

    March 26, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
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