Got a question? The president's listening

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Have a burning question for the commander in chief? President Barack Obama is now taking your questions as part of a special online town hall Thursday about the economy. Full Story
Michael Jordan

Northport, NY

#23 Mar 26, 2009
Mr. President:

You have asked AIG executives and those at other firms to return bonuses they received while working at these financial institutions during a time of extremely poor performance that required government intervention and a massive bailout. Will you have people like Jamie Gorelick, Richard Holbrooke, Rahm Emmanuel, Franklin Raines and others to return the hundreds of thousands and in many cases millions of dollars that they were paid while on the board of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac while those entities not only performed poorly, but were fined by the SEC millions of dollars for Enron-like accounting gimmicks?
John Wayne

United States

#24 Mar 26, 2009
Dear Mr President,
During your campaign when you promised to end the war in Iraq, was that meant to be a joke? Since you obviously had no intention of following through on that promise, let me address a few more broken promises.
Transpartity in government. Removing lobbyists. Creating accoutantability?
Cutting the deficet. 2 months in and you've managed to break every promise you made during the campagin. My question is, will you admit when your wrong?
Gary Kroll

New Richmond, WI

#26 Mar 26, 2009
Dear President Obama, I am concerned that
prices, health care, taxes, food, etc. are all increasing and as a senior citizen with a fixed income how are we going to keep up. I have not heard you adress the problems of the seniors to any extent. Please reply, Thank you.
Bryan

New York, NY

#27 Mar 26, 2009
since your auntie is in the country illegally (and on the public dole by the way) and has ignored deportation orders, will you have her deported as well as all the other illegal aliens in this country?
Cjay

New York, NY

#28 Mar 26, 2009
can I get the same deal as Rangel and not pay my taxes? and the same deal as Geitner and not get penalties from non-payment of taxes?
Karl Marx-- I outta know

Oak Park, IL

#29 Mar 26, 2009
Obama listens to ME!
Karl Marx-- I outta know

Oak Park, IL

#30 Mar 26, 2009
statement wrote:
This clueless idiot may be listening but he sure isn't answering!
He was my senator and he didn't listen then. What's differtent now?

“Cake or Death?”

Since: Dec 08

Palm Beach

#31 Mar 26, 2009
Karl Marx-- I outta know wrote:
Obama listens to ME!
Mr. President why are you not prosecuting Bush for his debt spending policies with regard to the creation of 4 X's the Toxic debt created by the Democrats?

****( http://www.hud.gov/offices/cir/test032404.cfm )****
****“The President's Budget projects that the additional $19 billion in mortgage commitments will generate revenue of about $184 million in the first year.”****

****( http://www.hud.gov/offices/cir/test032404.cfm )****
****“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Congressman Patrick Tiberi for introducing H.R. 3755, the Zero Down payment Act of 2004.”****

http://tiberi.house.gov/
Congressman Pat Tiberi (R-OH)

****( http://commdocs.house.gov/committees/bank/hba... )****
****“ Under this new program, FHA will insure 100 percent of the cost to acquire the home for first-time home buyers. We would allow them to finance the full purchase price, as well as all of the closing costs. Potential home buyers would not have to make the minimum down payment of 3 percent that is required in our regular Home Mortgage Insurance Program, Section 203(b).”****
****“In June, 2002, President Bush announced the blueprint for the American Dream Partnership to create 5.5 million new minority homeowners by the end of this decade.”****
****“We project that the new zero downpayment program would serve about 150,000 new home buyers in the first year alone.”****

****” Studies have consistently shown that the single biggest obstacle to homeownership for most families is the inability to come up with enough cash to meet downpayment and closing costs. Many potential home buyers pay the equivalent of a monthly mortgage in rent, but are unable to save toward a downpayment on a home. Minority families in particular are burdened by high downpayment requirements.
This Administration is committed to helping all Americans address this barrier to home ownership, including minority families who have been shut out of home ownership opportunities in the past. We are proud of this effort, and we are proud of the results.
In the fourth quarter of last year, the homeownership rate stood at an all-time record of 68.6 percent, and minority homeownership also set records. For the first time ever, over half of all minority families are now homeowners, with a record rate of 50.6 percent in the fourth quarter of last year.
This is a good record, and we want to improve on it. There remains a significant home ownership gap between non-Hispanic whites and minority families.
In June, 2002, President Bush announced the blueprint for the American Dream Partnership to create 5.5 million new minority homeowners by the end of this decade. Some of the participants in the partnership are here to testify today on this legislation.”****

“Cake or Death?”

Since: Dec 08

Palm Beach

#32 Mar 26, 2009
Gary Kroll wrote:
Dear President Obama, I am concerned that
prices, health care, taxes, food, etc. are all increasing and as a senior citizen with a fixed income how are we going to keep up. I have not heard you adress the problems of the seniors to any extent. Please reply, Thank you.
Becuase Bush left us in a $50 -$65 Trillion dollar hole with his debt spending on 100% housing programs to maintain the Bubble or the debt spending of $9 -$12 billion a month in an oil rich country with 150 years of oil reserves..

We can not afford it wtih the debt ceilig being raised 3 times under Bush, now we have to pay the piper.

****( http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSN0... )****
"The U.S. budget deficit will swell to a record $1.186 trillion in fiscal 2009. The out-of-control deficit picture by the Congressional Budget Office illustrates the daunting economic challenges President-elect Barack Obama faces when he takes office on January 20."

****( http://money.cnn.com/2009/01/07/news/economy/... )****

"The CBO - which provides the official estimates of the budgetary impact of legislation and events such as wars and recessions. The federal government has tried to combat the crisis by so far committing $7.2 trillion in investments and loans primarily to financial institutions."

****( http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news... )****
**** "Dec. 31 (Bloomberg)-- It has been a year of record misery: the largest bankruptcy, bank failure and Ponzi scheme in U.S. history; $720 billion in writedowns and losses by financial institutions; $30.1 trillion in market valuation wiped out." ****

****( http://www.bea.gov/newsreleases/national/gdp/... )****

****“GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT: FOURTH QUARTER 2008 (PRELIMINARY)
Real gross domestic product -- the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States -- decreased at an annual rate of 6.2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2008,(that is, from the third quarter to the fourth quarter), according to preliminary estimates released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the third quarter, real GDP decreased 0.5 percent.

The GDP estimates released today are based on more complete source data than were available for the advance estimates issued last month. In the advance estimates, the decrease in real GDP was 3.8 percent (see "Revisions" on page 3)." ****

2002 1,853.4 2,011.2 -317.4 159.0 0.7 -157.8 3,540.4 <------- Bush's $317b increase in debt spending
2003 1,782.5 2,160.1 -538.4 155.6 5.2 -377.6 3,913.4 <------- Bush's $538b increase in debt spending
2004 1,880.3 2,293.0 -568.0 151.1 4.1 -412.7 4,295.5 <------- Bush's $568b increase in debt spending
2005 2,153.9 2,472.2 -493.6 173.5 1.8 -318.3 4,592.2 <------- Bush's $493b increase in debt spending
2006 2,407.3 2,655.4 -434.5 185.2 1.1 -248.2 4,829.0 <------- Bush's $434b increase in debt spending <--- spending was decreasing
2007 2,568.2 2,728.9 -342.2 186.5 -5.1 -160.7 5,035.1 <------- Bush's $342b increase in debt spending <--- spending was decreasing
2008 2,523.6 2,978.5 -638.1 180.2 3.0 -454.8 5,802.9 <------- Bush's $638b increase in debt spending

****( http://www.cbo.gov/budget/historical.shtml )****
Plain Jane

United States

#33 Mar 26, 2009
So what silly insult will the right come up with now that Obama has proven he can articulate the issues and challenges without a teleprompter? Claim he had one surgically implanted? I'm sure they will never admit he is simply brilliant.
midnite

Lindenhurst, NY

#34 Mar 26, 2009
Kathleen Jackson wrote:
Dear President Obama, Have you considered the billions spent in the NASA program that could be used elsewhere when the country is in such need? It doesn't seem right that project after project continues while millions are without work and are hungry. Can we just discontinue space projects until we are better able to afford them?
Kathleen, you are my new best friend. I never understood why the gov't. spends billions on sending egotistical, selfserving astronaughts into space? FOR WHAT? where is the gain, what have we learned? NOTHING!!!just wasted and keep wasting alot of money.

“Liberals: America's Cancer”

Since: Dec 07

Baldwin, NY

#35 Mar 26, 2009
Dear Mr. President,

What makes you think that you have a mandate to transform this nation's economy, it's social structure and it's very founding principles?

I constantly hear comparisons between yourself and Reagan and Lincoln. You are neither of the two. When is the last time you read the Declaration of Independence? The Constitution? Have you ever read the Federalist Papers?

Why do you hate the US military? You handing out trillions upon trillions of dollars to every group and government agency possible, yet you cut spending for our armed forces. You also proposed that veterans who were injured in combat pay for their medical care through their own insurance.

Signed,

An Extremely Concerned & Proud American

“Liberals: America's Cancer”

Since: Dec 07

Baldwin, NY

#36 Mar 26, 2009
Plain Jane wrote:
So what silly insult will the right come up with now that Obama has proven he can articulate the issues and challenges without a teleprompter? Claim he had one surgically implanted? I'm sure they will never admit he is simply brilliant.
You moron. Obama traded in the teleprompter for a 52" TV screen that was smack in the middle of the room.

Wake up drone!

“Patriot First”

Since: Nov 07

Portland, OR

#37 Mar 26, 2009
Malouff wrote:
You need you ask you questions at this address http://www.whitehouse.gov/openforquestions/
The President will not read any of them being asked here
THANK YOU!!!
People obviously didn't read the article in question! They actually think he is going to read topix and post his answers? And, he will only answer the questions that don't make him look bad...it's just another staged production by actor Obama.

“I own a mansion & a yacht”

Since: Jul 08

Saint Paul, MN

#38 Mar 26, 2009
Dear Mr President,

you suck. you are loading our children with $3,000,000,000,000.00 in debt on failed social programs at the expense of we, the hard working, tax paying citizens.

you are a failure and will go down as the person who destroyed a once great country (not all your fault -- mostly it's the liberal idiots you are listening to, so you have that going for you).

Jugdish

“Cake or Death?”

Since: Dec 08

Palm Beach

#39 Mar 26, 2009
Plain Jane wrote:
So what silly insult will the right come up with now that Obama has proven he can articulate the issues and challenges without a teleprompter? Claim he had one surgically implanted? I'm sure they will never admit he is simply brilliant.
****( http://www.fdic.gov/news/news/press/2009/pr09... )****

****( http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSN2... )****
****“The U.S. Treasury Department on Monday rolled out detailed plans for persuading private investors to help rid banks of up to $1 trillion in toxic assets that are seen as a roadblock to economic recovery.”****

****( http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news... )****

****“Fed to Buy $300 Billion of Treasuries…
Fed to Buy $300 Billion of Treasuries, Increase Other Purchases
The Federal Reserve said it will buy $300 billion in Treasury securities and increase its purchases of mortgage and agency debt in an effort to bolster housing and hasten the end of the recession.”****

“Cake or Death?”

Since: Dec 08

Palm Beach

#40 Mar 26, 2009
Jugdish wrote:
Dear Mr President,
you suck. you are loading our children with $3,000,000,000,000.00 in debt on failed social programs at the expense of we, the hard working, tax paying citizens.
you are a failure and will go down as the person who destroyed a once great country (not all your fault -- mostly it's the liberal idiots you are listening to, so you have that going for you).
Jugdish
Half of the $3 TRILLION was left over from Bush..

Not even Obama's Debt creation, know that.

****( http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSN0... )****
"The U.S. budget deficit will swell to a record $1.186 trillion in fiscal 2009. The out-of-control deficit picture by the Congressional Budget Office illustrates the daunting economic challenges President-elect Barack Obama faces when he takes office on January 20."

****( http://money.cnn.com/2009/01/07/news/economy/... )****

"The CBO - which provides the official estimates of the budgetary impact of legislation and events such as wars and recessions. The federal government has tried to combat the crisis by so far committing $7.2 trillion in investments and loans primarily to financial institutions."

****( http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news... )****
**** "Dec. 31 (Bloomberg)-- It has been a year of record misery: the largest bankruptcy, bank failure and Ponzi scheme in U.S. history; $720 billion in writedowns and losses by financial institutions; $30.1 trillion in market valuation wiped out." ****

****( http://www.bea.gov/newsreleases/national/gdp/... )****

****“GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT: FOURTH QUARTER 2008 (PRELIMINARY)
Real gross domestic product -- the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States -- decreased at an annual rate of 6.2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2008,(that is, from the third quarter to the fourth quarter), according to preliminary estimates released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the third quarter, real GDP decreased 0.5 percent.

The GDP estimates released today are based on more complete source data than were available for the advance estimates issued last month. In the advance estimates, the decrease in real GDP was 3.8 percent (see "Revisions" on page 3)." ****

2002 1,853.4 2,011.2 -317.4 159.0 0.7 -157.8 3,540.4 <------- Bush's $317b increase in debt spending
2003 1,782.5 2,160.1 -538.4 155.6 5.2 -377.6 3,913.4 <------- Bush's $538b increase in debt spending
2004 1,880.3 2,293.0 -568.0 151.1 4.1 -412.7 4,295.5 <------- Bush's $568b increase in debt spending
2005 2,153.9 2,472.2 -493.6 173.5 1.8 -318.3 4,592.2 <------- Bush's $493b increase in debt spending
2006 2,407.3 2,655.4 -434.5 185.2 1.1 -248.2 4,829.0 <------- Bush's $434b increase in debt spending <--- spending was decreasing
2007 2,568.2 2,728.9 -342.2 186.5 -5.1 -160.7 5,035.1 <------- Bush's $342b increase in debt spending <--- spending was decreasing
2008 2,523.6 2,978.5 -638.1 180.2 3.0 -454.8 5,802.9 <------- Bush's $638b increase in debt spending

****( http://www.cbo.gov/budget/historical.shtml )****

“Cake or Death?”

Since: Dec 08

Palm Beach

#41 Mar 26, 2009
claudia in StHelens wrote:
<quoted text>
THANK YOU!!!
People obviously didn't read the article in question! They actually think he is going to read topix and post his answers? And, he will only answer the questions that don't make him look bad...it's just another staged production by actor Obama.
****( http://www.hud.gov/offices/cir/test032404.cfm )****
****“The President's Budget projects that the additional $19 billion in mortgage commitments will generate revenue of about $184 million in the first year.”****

****( http://www.hud.gov/offices/cir/test032404.cfm )****
****“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Congressman Patrick Tiberi for introducing H.R. 3755, the Zero Down payment Act of 2004.”****

http://tiberi.house.gov/
Congressman Pat Tiberi (R-OH)

****( http://commdocs.house.gov/committees/bank/hba... )****
****“ Under this new program, FHA will insure 100 percent of the cost to acquire the home for first-time home buyers. We would allow them to finance the full purchase price, as well as all of the closing costs. Potential home buyers would not have to make the minimum down payment of 3 percent that is required in our regular Home Mortgage Insurance Program, Section 203(b).”****
****“In June, 2002, President Bush announced the blueprint for the American Dream Partnership to create 5.5 million new minority homeowners by the end of this decade.”****
****“We project that the new zero downpayment program would serve about 150,000 new home buyers in the first year alone.”****

****” Studies have consistently shown that the single biggest obstacle to homeownership for most families is the inability to come up with enough cash to meet downpayment and closing costs. Many potential home buyers pay the equivalent of a monthly mortgage in rent, but are unable to save toward a downpayment on a home. Minority families in particular are burdened by high downpayment requirements.
This Administration is committed to helping all Americans address this barrier to home ownership, including minority families who have been shut out of home ownership opportunities in the past. We are proud of this effort, and we are proud of the results.
In the fourth quarter of last year, the homeownership rate stood at an all-time record of 68.6 percent, and minority homeownership also set records. For the first time ever, over half of all minority families are now homeowners, with a record rate of 50.6 percent in the fourth quarter of last year.
This is a good record, and we want to improve on it. There remains a significant home ownership gap between non-Hispanic whites and minority families.
In June, 2002, President Bush announced the blueprint for the American Dream Partnership to create 5.5 million new minority homeowners by the end of this decade. Some of the participants in the partnership are here to testify today on this legislation.”****
DAG

Albertson, NY

#42 Mar 26, 2009
Excuse me Mr. Obama, I have a question. Now I know I'm not one of your implanted questioners but I need to know one thing. What the eff are you doing?!
Plain Jane

United States

#43 Mar 26, 2009
TomIslander wrote:
<quoted text>
You moron. Obama traded in the teleprompter for a 52" TV screen that was smack in the middle of the room.
Wake up drone!
Idiot, the TV screen was not a teleprompter. It displayed the questions, not the answers.

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