Barack Obama hosting interactive town hall meeting

    President Barack Obama stressed an open government during his campaign, and throughout his three month tenure has lived up to the moniker. Today he’ll be taking time to answer a few questions from the American people via an interactive town hall meeting.

    According to, 92,918 people submitted over 100,000 questions for the commander-in-chief to answer at 11:30 a.m. EST on Thursday, March 26.

    The questions are divided into several categories, including Education, Jobs, Budget and Auto Industry, and others. Here’s a sampling of some of the questions:

    User bsweet from Bloomington, Indiana asked this in the Education category, "You and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan have talked about merit pay for teachers. How do you plan to measure teaching quality? If it is testing, what makes you certain this is the best way, and will this include special ed and enrichment teachers?"

    While LaRoxy from San Diego, California wanted to know why "at a time when U.S. consumers and their banks are holding on for dear life, credit card companies are still free to levy fees, change terms, and raise interest rates with very little government oversight. What are your plans for the credit industry?"

    Overall, the tone of the questions was imploring, not accusatory. Users were also allowed to vote up or down other people’s questions. The most popular questions will be answered by Barack.

    Watch the meeting at at 11:30 a.m. EST today.

    — Whitney Teal

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