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Obama to answer questions on YouTube

By Ed O'Keefe

Do you ever find yourself yelling at the television during a State of the Union address? Now there's a slight chance you can vent your frustrations directly to President Obama and get a response.

White House New Media Director Macon Phillips invited Americans via the White House blog to submit follow up questions about the president's big speech to Phillips promised that Obama will answer some of the questions during an event next week. The CitizenTube blog said Obama will answer the questions "in a YouTube interview from the White House."

CitizenTube is a channel on the video sharing Web site that collects and displays the best and most popular video offerings related to political news and opinion. The channel launched during the 2008 presidential campaign.

Obama's participation (what some might call a PR gimmick or smart online outreach) is another example of the administration's growing Gov 2.0 efforts. Top administration officials regularly answer questions from citizens through the White House Live video program, the White House officially launched its mobile app on Monday and federal agencies have expanded their reach across dozens of social media sites.

What would you ask Obama? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 26, 2010; 11:10 AM ET
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Dear Mr President, the American people being, as you put it yourself--"understandably deflated' has in my opinion gone sadly beyond that to a ridiculously angry & unreasonable jabbing at you. It is foolishly disingenuous of your political opponents to insist that being afflicted by what you were left is no longer a valid argument. Those of us with a brain of our own (who do not rely on Fox News & Limbaugh et al to form our opinions) know otherwise. Any well reasoned person would assume you would still have great difficulties overcoming the national disaster that the GOOP/Bush made out of golding office for 8 miserable years. BUT-since they apparently have no conscience in our continuing to be the only major power without a national health plan covering all citizens perhaps it is time before elections loom, to immediately re-focus on JOB CREATION FIRST -and as Wesley Clark so wisely suggested today -that must 'kill two birds'& be in the 'green economy' where our future lies. Let us aim as high as remotely possible in that regard & we can still come out of this mess you inherited with colors.

Posted by: neilo1 | January 27, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

The recent Court ruling that allows unlimited political spending in elections by corporations only brings out in the open what is already a matter of fact..that our elected officials are bought and paid for by special interest groups. We are fast slipping from a Democracy into a state of Feudalism, with the corporations being our "over-lords", and the rest of the population working for them in one way or another.
If we want a system of government that actually works, and is actually BY the people and FOR the people, then the PEOPLE are going to have to demand that public elections are financed BY the people...not bankers, doctors, corporations that want to ensure their interests are foremost. You get what you pay for. Equal air time, not who raises the most money for the most ads! That should be a public service. And how about some pre-requisites for the "job"....some type of preparations like taking constitutional law courses, basics in economy, history, and a current understanding of global politics (this may eliminate the possibility of a Bimbo that only knows where Russia is because she can see it from her back door getting on a ticket??). We should be quite tired by now of listening to politicians giving "speeches" based on what the polls dictate their speech writers come up with...they have no credibility. I would rather listen to someone that actually puts their foot in their mouth every once in a while as at least that's an honest opinion...go Joe. And perhaps if we actually PAY a salary that would attract top candidates to actually want to do a good job and want that job, we'd get higher quality representation. Staffers, aides, fomer politicians that end up working for corporations for big bucks after their stint (or before) in Washington ought to be sending us a message that they were there to plug the corporation's agenda the entire time?? Why would someone (politician) take a huge paycut to take a job in Washington yet miraculously become wealthy? You get what you pay for.
The American Tax Payer might have to shell out in the beginning, but in the end we'd all save billions. And perhaps the word "politician" could end up being a good word, and a noble profession. We can't have a hope of solving any problems now or in the future until there is election reform and actually get people in positions that will represent us. That is the basic foundation of the democracy, and right now it's a pretty rotten foundation. And you just can't keep building on a rotten foundation, can you?
L. Mahaffey

Posted by: directorwolfsanctumorg | January 31, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

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