If you’re expecting your hit of pronounced patriotism to continue beyond Monday night’s firework spectaculars, try coming up with some good questions to ask the President a few days after the barbecue. Save the date for the first ever Twitter Town Hall; it’s happening Wednesday, July 6, 2011, at 2pm Eastern Time.
Live from the East Room, President Obama will answer questions posted on Twitter with the #askobama hashtag. The whole thing will be streamed live, and if you head over to http://askobama.twitter.com or http://wh.gov/live on Wednesday, you’ll be able to catch all the action. People have been encouraged to ask about their most pressing concerns, namely, jobs and the economy, but no doubt many will be inquiring about the Libyan War.
Come Wednesday, Mr. Jack Dorsey himself, Twitter executive chairman (and co-founder), will be presiding as event moderator. The presidential get-together is expected to last about an hour.
Giving his two cents to the New York Times, Macon Phillips, the White House director of digital strategy, said that Twitter provided a “compelling way to not only get information out but also to understand what people have to say about an issue.” He added that his boss’s team would be “doubling down on [its] online engagement efforts.”
Twitter will be in charge sorting through the People’s questions before the president answers them. Remember to add the hashtag when you tweet yours.