Obama Holds Twitter Town Hall Meeting
6:11 PM, Jul 6, 2011 • By ANNA RUTHERFORD
President Barack Obama hosted the White House’s first-ever Twitter town hall meeting Wednesday afternoon in which he answered questions on the American economy and jobs. All questions, submitted via Twitter, where answered in a live forum to a small audience. Many of the questions were preselected.
Mr. Obama opened the forum by posting a Tweet in which he asked: "In order to reduce the deficit, what costs would you cut and what investments would you keep?" He responded by stating that determinations need to be made that will help the United States grow by eliminating waste. Debate over what constitutes a necessity versus government waste, he said, will continue through upcoming weeks.
When asked what mistakes he made in dealing with the existing recession and how he would handle it differently, Obama replied with two points. First, he explained to the American people that it would take awhile to get out of the recession, as no one fully understood the magnitude of it, and, second, housing, which has not bottomed out as quickly as expected.
Transforming the U.S. into a competitive force appeared to be a significant theme throughout the president’s responses to Twitter questions. Obama testified to “supporting the troops” by encouraging oil independence, asserting it is “good for the economy, good for security, and good for the planet.” Technology and manufacturing industries are thriving and need to be encouraged domestically in order to make America competitive. An emphasis on improved training and affordable higher education, in addition to the acceleration of investment bio-fuels and alternative energy, are needed to complement this.
Anna Rutherford is an intern at THE WEEKLY STANDARD.