May 24th, 2012
08:43 PM ET
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.
“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”