Obama mini Twitter town hall
May 24th, 2012
08:43 PM ET

Obama mini Twitter town hall

DES MOINES, IOWA (CNN) - It was a mini Twitter town hall.

After delivering remarks on his clean energy policy in Newton, Iowa, President Obama sat down at a laptop and answered a handful of questions on Twitter that had been submitted hours earlier by the tweeting public.

“This is barack-let’s get this started!” Mr. Obama typed.

In 40 characters or less questions ranged from help for homeowners stuck in  under water mortgages, energy independence,  to assistance for small businesses.

“ What plans do u have to keep us & our fellow smlbiz afloat?” one person wrote.

President Obama responded by explaining what he had done to give small businesses tax credits for hiring new workers and that he was pushing for more assistance on his to-do list.

“items on #CongressToDoList puts more $ in folks pockets, which means more customers for you,” he wrote.

On a question about student loans the president blamed Republicans for “not moving fast enough.”

When one person asked about help for homeowners trapped in upside down mortgages, president Obama took a swipe at his likely opponent Mitt Romney even though he didn’t mention him by name.

“I refuse to let mkt hit bottom,” he wrote, a veiled reference to comments Romney once made about the housing market. “Refi could save folks $3k each mo.”

Mr. Obama ended the twitter q & a by telling his cyber audience that he was off to Des Moines, where he was holding a grassroots campaign rally at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

“thx for questions – keep em coming. remember we're not D's or R's but americans first! –bo”


Topics: Energy • President Obama • Twitter

soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Tschrny Wolf


    May 25, 2012 at 1:16 am |
    • Sponge-Bob

      You're half right, he does listen to the hard left but no one else.

      May 25, 2012 at 4:32 am |
      • Wallflower

        Spoken like a true hard right teabagger.

        May 25, 2012 at 9:44 am |
      • jean2009

        As always you are 100% wrong.

        May 25, 2012 at 10:36 am |
  2. Ann

    why does her need supervision?

    May 25, 2012 at 9:47 am |
  3. 1ST SGT

    Read the book "The Amateur" if Obama is your man? He won't be anymore. The book was written by a Washington newspaper Liberal news reporter.

    May 25, 2012 at 10:48 am |
  4. Steve-Illinois

    What a waste of time! "Obama listens to us!" Blah, blah, blah!

    "I refuse to let market hit bottom." Really? How in the world does he plan on doing that? Taking money from one tax payer, to benefit another who is buying a house, is a zero sum game! The President needs to take a course in simple economics!

    May 25, 2012 at 11:04 am |
  5. Jerry

    Wow, does the Divisive-in Chief REALLY have an energy plan?! What happened to the plans for the economy, jobs, Obamacare (Obamination), bringing our nation together, etc., etc., etc.. etc., etc?!

    Mr. Obama's rhetoric and lies must be getting really boring and outdated. He actually put at least one of the cadets that he was addressing earlier this week to sleep. (Check out the video. The cadet is actually right behind Mr. Obama.) So much for forced stagings!!!

    Can America stand four more years of this farce?! I THINK NOT!!!

    May 25, 2012 at 11:32 am |
    • Steveo

      Come on, Jerry! You know there is an energy plan!

      Shut down the coal industry-(succeeding) Wonder why the WV governor (dem) and one Senator (dem) now have 2nd thoughts about supporting the president?

      Solyndra- (failed)

      May 25, 2012 at 11:39 am |
  6. Jerry

    Steveo, well... I stand corrected. I guess you call that a NEGATIVE (Digressive?) ENERGY PLAN.

    Solyndra, +, +, +, +, +, + ...

    Oh well...

    May 25, 2012 at 11:46 am |
    • BeanTown BUlly

      I'll take your solyndra, and raise you GM and Chrysler. Your vitriol shows that not matter how many accomplishments this man puts on the board, he will never get your vote. Compare the initiatives that BO has put forth and accomplished for the people, and contrast that againts what GWB has done, and you have the existance of one of the most productive presidencies in modern history.
      Bin LAden
      Lilly Ledbetter act
      Ending of Iraq
      Winding Down Afgahnistan
      Affordable Healthcare act
      And a tax credit for those not makeing over 100K
      and thats just off the top of my head... continue

      May 25, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
  7. BeanTown BUlly

    Devisive????? Really? His message of change was thwarted my those in the Senate (Mitch McConnel) who've stated their goal was to make BO a one term president. In hearing this, BO still negotiated with these treasonus cats, and won. You can blame the pace of the recovery on those in congress who choose to drag their feet and fight this president at every turn.

    May 25, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
    • JOE

      I thought "dingy" harry was a dem. He won't even pass a budget. Not 1 single yea vote on obamas budget proposals. What does that tell ya. obams own peeps won't back him. HAHAHAAHA

      May 26, 2012 at 11:41 am |
  8. BeanTown BUlly

    Why is it that clean Energy dtractors only have SOlyndra to mention. If the science and the trajectory the president is on is flawed, wouldn't there be more companies that went bankrupt? Since there isn't, wouldn't you say that you guys are grasping at anything and everything to discredit this president?

    May 25, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
  9. Carl

    Tweet this factoid:

    Subject: Will Obama Crack?

    When will Obama crack in public?
    By Mychal Massie

    At a time when many Americans can barely afford Burger King and a movie, Obama boasts of spending a billion dollars on his re-election campaign. Questioned at a recent appearance about the spiraling fuel costs, Obama said, "Get used to it" and with an insouciant grin and chortle, he told another person at the event, who complained about the effect high fuel prices were having on his family, to "get a more fuel-efficient car."

    The Obamas behave as if they were sharecroppers living in a trailer and hit the Powerball, but instead of getting new tires for their trailer and a new pickup truck, they moved to Washington . And instead of making possum pie, with goats and chickens in the front yard, they're spending and living large at taxpayer expense opulent vacations, gala balls, resplendent dinners and exclusive command performances at the White House, grand date nights, golf, basketball, more golf, exclusive resorts and still more golf. In the 1950's they called it acting NIGGER RICH.

    Expensive, ill-fitting and ill-chosen wigs and fashions hardly befit the first lady of the United States . The Obamas have behaved in every way but presidential which is why it's so offensive when we hear Obama say, in order "to restore fiscal responsibility, we all need to share in the sacrifice but we don't have to sacrifice the America we believe in."

    The American people have been sacrificing; it is he and his family who are behaving as if they've never had two nickels to rub together and now, having hit the mother lode, they're going to spend away their feelings of inadequacy at the taxpayers' expense.

    Obama continues to exhibit behavior that, at best, can be described as mobocratic and, at worst, reveals a deeply damaged individual. In a February 2010 column, I asked, "Is Obama unraveling? "I wrote that it was beginning to appear the growing mistrust of him and contempt for his policies was beginning to have a destabilizing effect on him.

    At that time, I wrote that not having things go one's way can be a bitter pill, but reasonable people don't behave as he was behaving. He had insulted Republicans at their luncheon, where he had been an invited guest. I had speculated that was, in part, what had led him to falsely accuse Supreme Court justices before Congress, the nation and the world, during the 2010 State of the Union address.

    It appeared, at that time, as if he were "fraying around the emotional edges." That behavior has not abated it has become more pronounced. While addressing the nation, after being forced to explain the validity of his unilateral aggression with Libya , America witnessed a petulant individual scowling and scolding the public for daring to insist he explain his actions.

    But during an afternoon speech to address the budget/debt, he took his scornful, unstable despotic behavior to depths that should give the nation cause for concern. Displaying a dark psychopathy more representative of an episode of "The Tudors" television series, he invited Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to sit in the front row during his speech and then proceeded to berate both Ryan and Ryan's budget-cutting plan. Even liberal Democrats were put off by the act. MSNBC's Joe Scarborough questioned the sanity of Obama's actions.

    Today, criticism is coming from all sides. A senior Democrat lawmaker said, "I have been very disappointed in [Obama], to the point where I'm embarrassed that I endorsed him. It's so bad that some of us are thinking, is there some way we can replace him? How do you get rid of this guy?" ("Democrats' Disgust with Obama," The Daily Beast, April 15, 2011)

    Steve McCann wrote: Obama's speech "was chock full of lies, deceit and crass fear-mongering. It must be said that [he] is the most dishonest, deceitful and mendacious person in a position of power I have ever witnessed" ("The Mendacity of Barack Obama,"AmericanThinker.com , April 15, 2011).

    McCann continued: "[His] performance was the culmination of four years of outright lies and narcissism that have been largely ignored by the media, including some in the conservative press and political class who are loath to call [him] what he is in the bluntest of terms: a liar and a fraud. That he relies on his skin color to intimidate, either outright or by insinuation [against] those who oppose his radical agenda only add to his audacity. It is apparent that he has gotten away with his character flaws his entire life, aided and abetted by sycophants around him. ..."

    With these being among the kinder rebukes being directed at Obama, and with people becoming less intimidated by his willingness to use race as a bludgeon, with falling poll numbers in every meaningful category and an increasingly aggressive tea-party opposition how much longer before he cracks completely?

    The coming months of political life are not going to be pleasant for Obama. Possessed by a self-perceived palatine mindset, that in his mind places him above criticism, how long before he cracks in public? Can America risk a man with a documented track record of lying and misrepresenting truth as a basic way of life, who is becoming increasingly more contumelious?

    Hope you forward this to everyone in your address book as we are going to need every vote we can get to remove Obama. The liberals are just unable to absorb what he is doing to our country and will continue to vote for him. Just imagine what he will do to America if he gets another term !

    May 25, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
  10. Dookey flavored kool aid

    I still cant believe this guy is pres

    May 25, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
  11. Barry the jackpot baby

    Still cant believe this guy is pres

    May 25, 2012 at 6:48 pm |
  12. Dad Clark

    Still cant believe this nut is pres

    May 25, 2012 at 6:51 pm |