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From the White House blog (March 24, 2009): Open for Questions: President Obama to Answer Your Questions on Thursday

Today, the President invited everyone to use a new feature on called “Open for Questions” to ask a question about the economy and rate other questions up or down. Then, on Thursday morning, the President will conduct a special online town hall on the economy and answer some of the most popular questions and the event will be streamed on

“Open for Questions” is a new experiment for, the President’s latest effort to open up the White House and give Americans from around the country a direct line to the Administration.


This experiment is about encouraging transparency and accountability, so ask the President exactly what it is you want to know – but let others do the same. It is a community-moderated system, but remember that even though you may not like the viewpoint behind someone’s question, everyone has a right to their opinion. Also remember that Americans of all ages will be participating in this event, so be thoughtful about the words you choose. Participants are asked to follow some basic guidelines for submitting their own questions and flagging other questions as inappropriate.


  • Participants: 92,937
  • Questions submitted: 103,978
  • Votes cast: 1,782,650

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