[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/TECH/03/25/obama.online.town.hall/art.questions.whitehouse.jpg caption="Americans can submit questions on WhiteHouse.gov for President Obama to answer live online Thursday."]
(CNN) - During the Great Depression, President Franklin Roosevelt reassured anxious Americans through his famous fireside chats over the radio.
Now, in the 21st century, President Obama has found his own fireside equivalent, launching an online town hall meeting Thursday where he will answer citizens' questions about the troubled economy and his efforts to fix it.
"We're going to try something a little different. We are going to take advantage of the Internet to bring all of you to the White House to talk about the economy," he says in an introductory video on the site.
As of late Wednesday afternoon, more than 30,000 people had submitted more than 32,000 questions on the official administration Web site, WhiteHouse.gov.
Americans may submit questions, and vote on others' queries, until 9:30 a.m. ET Thursday. Obama has promised to answer the most popular questions through a live video stream on WhiteHouse.gov. beginning Thursday at 11:30 a.m. ET.
Check back here during the president's live stream for live blog coverage of the event by CNN"s Political Unit.
The site had recorded more than 1 million votes as of late Wednesday afternoon.