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White House Announces It's 'Open for Questions'

By Jose Antonio Vargas
And the online masses breathes a (slight) sigh of relief.

This afternoon, launched "Open for Questions," an interactive page where users can post questions on the economy and vote the submitted questions up or down. The site will continue taking questions until Thursday, when President Obama will go online to answer those that received the most votes.

It's unclear how long Obama will be online on Thursday and how many questions he will answer. But this much is clear: expect a herd of organized (and unorganized) Web users to stampede and make it a highly trafficked political hub over the next 48 hours.

About 30 minutes after a White House spokesman announced the launch of "Open for Questions" in an e-mail, 48 people had submitted 25 questions and cast 219 votes. To participate, users are asked to register and sign up on the site and read a 399-word Terms of Service.

"One of my priorities as president is opening up the White House to the American people, so folks can understand what we're up to and have a chance to participate themselves," Obama said in a nearly a minute and a half video message announcing the question time. Obama called the effort "an experiment," echoing the sentiment of Macon Phillips, the White House new media director.

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Posted at 7:40 PM ET on Mar 24, 2009  | Category:  The Clickocracy
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Do the President Obama attend college using tax payers funds under the aid set aside for foriegn students?

Posted by: noquitter | March 25, 2009 1:39 PM


Hopefully, the GOP candidate in 2012 is strong.

Posted by: JakeD | March 25, 2009 12:58 PM

I know what makes me creepy now about Obama, He;ll be talking along and then drop a couple of ohrases in Government jargon we're supposed to get, but he never explains it. What are "Responsible" Home owners? amnd a bunch more things that come off as oblong blurs that the media smiles and winks at and we Americans don't really understand, but we think we know... That might not be a good policy for us.

Posted by: jackolantyrn356 | March 25, 2009 1:38 AM

Everyday Big Brother Obama makes his way into our lives, little by little there will only be "Big Brother Obama" 24/7

VJ Machiavelli

Posted by: VJMachiavelli1 | March 25, 2009 12:43 AM

Difference between USSR Communist media and USA "mainstream media"

In Russia government make media say what they want. In USA "Mainstream media" try make government what they want.......eventually they become same thing?!

I Igor produce Obama vault birth certificate at

Posted by: igormarxo | March 24, 2009 9:09 PM

Not before he resigns : )

Posted by: JakeD | March 24, 2009 8:02 PM

How long before Obama's impeached?

Posted by: trippermeow | March 24, 2009 7:47 PM

Here are my votes:

Q: Is $2 BILLION per year is too much to run the White House during this financial "crisis"?

Q: Did you promise to do anything in return for over $100,000 in AIG contributions last year?

Q: Will you return those contributions to the U.S. taxpayers?

Q: If the economy does not improve by 2012, will you seek the Democratic nomination for President?

Q: Will you return $2.5 million in book royalties to the U.S. taxpayers?

Q: What did you and Biden say to Gorbachev last Friday?

Q: Will you consent to the release of your original birth certificate?

Posted by: JakeD | March 24, 2009 7:47 PM

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