Obama takes message to public via Twitter

The US president is not confining his answers to 140 characters.

Washington: Barack Obama answers questions
from Twitter users on Wednesday but the US president is not confining
his answers to 140 characters.

Obama will verbally answer questions posed on the
short-messaging service during a "Twitter Town Hall" being
streamed live from the White House at askobama.twitter.com.

The president`s answers will also be condensed to fit
Twitter`s 140-character format and put out on the Twitter
feeds @townhall and @whitehouse, which has more than 2.24
million followers.

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey will moderate the
event, which begins at 2:00 pm (local time), choosing from the
thousands of questions submitted on Twitter over the past week
using the hashtag #AskObama.

Users have asked when Obama would support gay
marriage, a subject on which the president has said his
position is still evolving, while others have asked about
legalisation of marijuana.

One user asked why he had not yet closed the
Guantanamo Bay war-on-terror camp, and there were also
questions centering on why America offered billions of dollars
in aid to other countries while it had problems at home.

Obama`s Republican foes swarmed Twitter hours before
the event to blast his handling of the economy using the
#AskObama hashtag, making their criticisms visible to
participants in the discussion.

"#AskObama: if more gov`t is good #4jobs, why are so
many Americans still unemployed?" challenged Republican
Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Government Reform and
Oversight Committee.


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