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WASHINGTON — No, President Obama won’t be restricted to 140-character answers at today’s Twitter forum. In fact, Obama can speak for as long as he wants as he fields questions from Twitter users during the event at 2 p.m. EDT/1p.m. CT, today at the White House.
The event is supposed to be devoted to jobs and the economy, through tweets to the hashtag #AskObama cover issues ranging from Afghanistan and education to the quality of school lunches and whether to legalize marijuana.
The goal is “to try and find new opportunities to connect with Americans throughout the country,” said Macon Phillips, director of new media for the White House. “The focus is to bring in a lot of new perspectives.”
Jack Dorsey, the founder and executive chairman of Twitter, will moderate the event, condensing thousands of tweets into specific, individual questions.
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