March 26th, 2009
09:57 AM ET
14 years ago

Questions pour in for Obama's online town hall meeting

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(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,

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 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.

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  1. joyce

    Well, once again President Obama has kept one of his campaign promises re keeping the American People informed and engaged. This is the first time that I can remember where a PRESIDENT has used as many forums to engage the public..This is truly unprecedented and very much a great idea..Now watch the GOP again try to demean all intentions. They will undoubtedly try to come up with their own version. President Obama always seems to come up with great ideas to communicate and is usues all avenues. We are so very blessed to truly have a president like Obama. Now we have to realize he can not do this alone. We the people have to stand by him and support him any way we can...He is truly mainstream.

    March 26, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  2. Dennis

    My question would be: Obama, since I have paid all my debt in a timely manner it seems I get no benefits from this. Why should I not foreclose on my upside down house and start over since everyone else seems to be allowed to?

    March 26, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  3. Jackie in Dallas


    He IS at the White House, and he IS doing his job. His job is to do what his bosses, We the People, want and need, and this is one heck of a great way to find out what that is without the nonsense of polls and fifteen layers of staffing. He may not do what everyone wants - that wouldn't be possible - but he IS listening, he IS working, and he IS trying to do what is best for the greatest number.

    I don't agree with everything he has done...I'm not a mindless lemming following him...but I respect his ability, his intelligence, and his moderation. I've submitted several questions, myself. I doubt he'll answer any of them, but it gave me some personal satisfaction to know that he MIGHT.

    Love it...the neocons are complaining about how far left he is, and the far left are complaining because he is being too centrist! He MUST be doing something CORRECTLY!

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

    Sean "Change – Economy, These are 2 top topics in todays headlines. What are really being changed besides the faces in the capital? Nothing. Many of the so called new ideas are only referbished old ideas from previous candidates and presidents. Our debt is growing larger than ever and this term has just started. I wish our elected does well, considering all our futures are relying on it; however, it is just too hard to see anything positive up to this point. I only pray the Lord will grant us Mercy and forgive us all of our arrogance and prideful nature and restore the glory of this nation Under God!

    Change – if people truly want change – is not going to come with bailouts, taxcuts, government money given out to those who have fallen on hard times or any other financial means. It's going to come from true change – moral change. People (our elected leaders) have got to make better moral decisions. What's right and wrong – and leave out the gray areas. This country was founded on the belief of God and his commandments and teachings. Why have we strayed so far from that? Other countries do not adjust their laws and schools to accomodate everyone else so why have we given up what our forefathers faught so hard and sacrificed so much for in service to the creator of all things and this wonderful nation.

    Until we get back into a God set of mind and teach our children (true, good, Godly) virtues and morals, we will not see true positive changes in our Great United States of America."

    AMEN!! I think this country lost it's values and morality a long time ago, way before the Bush administration. GREED became our #1 focus and look where it's gotten us.

    March 26, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  5. yuri

    Whether these efforts will bear fruits or not, remains to be seen. BHO's strategies, although, will remain thwarted by a GOP group who want to make their presences felt by garnarin' general gusto from adorin' (?) crowds of Jindal, Cantor, McConnel, Bohner, LI, RL, and other whiners with a wide repertoire of obstructionistic skills.

    March 26, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  6. Rick CT

    Wonder if he'll answer the hard questions, like why'd you sign the spending bill that authorized the AIG bonuses, then get "outraged" when they were actually paid – and setting off a feeding frenzy that threatens their personal safety. Or will he do like his first press conference and pre-select the softballs.

    March 26, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  7. Mary Sullivan

    Anyone who knows what a Constitutional Republic is can't possibly support the programs Mr. Obama is actively promoting. The federal government is out of control and getting worse by the minute. I don't want to live in a communist nanny state. Free enterprise made this the greatest country in the world; federal government interference has brought it to the brink of ruin. Oh, and he won't answer any really hard questions – never does.

    March 26, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
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