Today at 5:30 p.m. ET President Barack Obama will hold the first ever completely virtual town hall broadcast from the White House. The town hall will take place on the social network Google Plus and will not have a live moderator, unlike previous town halls that Obama has participated in.
The President will answer questions submitted by the public via the White House’s YouTube channel. The viewers who watched the submissions then will have voted on the questions and the most popular questions are slated to be answered by the President.
According to the White House blog, more than 227,000 people have participated by submitting 133,000 questions and casting 1.6 million votes for the questions they want the President to answer.
The blog also noted that a select number of citizens will be chosen to ask their questions live.
A quick perusal of the White House YouTube channel shows a number of questions related to the legalization of marijuana, which was apparently a concerted effort by supporters of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), along with questions on jobs, the economy, financial reform, education and foreign policy.
Don’t expect any tough questions for the President, however, as his supporters swamped the YouTube channel that will turn this town hall into little more than a campaign ad.