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President Obama taking questions online for follow-up webcast next week

ObamaFollowing the start of President Obama's State of the Union address Wednesday at 6 p.m. PST, you'll be able to go to a Google website and submit questions or shoot a YouTube video with your inquiry.

Obama will hold an online-only event next week from the White House to address the responses. The event, which doesn't currently have a date or time, can be streamed from the White House website and yes, the new iPhone app too.

To collect text submissions, the White House is using the same platform, called Google Moderator, that it used for Obama's town hall meetings. It allows users to submit and vote on their favorite entries.

If we learned anything from the town halls, we can expect a bevy of stoners flocking to the Web to ask questions about legalizing marijuana.

-- Mark Milian

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We want our money back? well, last I checked most of the banks have paid back with interest... so pretty sure you must be talking about the auto industry or AIG? or perhaps FNMA or Freddie Mac that now has an unlimited bankroll to lose money making inappropriate loans... pretty sure thats how we got in the mess in the first place no? Or is it FHA which is bleeding money rapidly doing the same foolish lending... hi LTV loans with little or no regard to credit scores... sound familiar? Frankly I want my money back from all the forgiven loan balances (modifications) or reduced payments... pretty sure those "free rides" come from somewhere? Oh yes, that would be the rest of the taxpayers footing the bill for unlimited losses at the GSEs... or perhaps the investors that own the MBS, which is again all of us that own mutual funds, stocks in banks that have these in their portfolios... pretty sure that would be me. I want MY money back! Do you understand the logistics of how this all works?

DEAR PRESIDENT. WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT THE PEOPLE ON DISABIILTY/MEDICARE? WE ARE GOING UNDER. LOSING OUR HOMES. PLEASE HELP US. ALSO I WORK FOR MENTAL HEALTH CENTER OF OK. THEY ARE BEING CUT SO BAD WE CAN NO LONGER HELP THE MENTALLY ILL. GUESS WHERE THEY WILL GO? TO THE STREETS/JAILS/PLEASE SEE THAT DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH IS FUNDED SO WE DON'T LOSE JOBS ADN CAN HELP THE PEOPLE WE COME TO WORK FOR. CHAWN

Dear Mr. President

Thankyou for thinking about everyone else first, and being the one to fixing our economy.

Mr. Obama, I am a single mother of 3 children and I work at Wal-Mart part-time. I barely make enough money to cover my bills. I decided to go back to school to better my life and my children's life. I was wondering are there any grants out there available for single mothers in college? Also when I filed my taxes, I was told that I am not eligible for the education credit. I do not think that is fair. I work hard everyday, and I do it alone. When is there going to be some sort of fairness for women like me? It seems like you have to make a lot of money in order to get that extra help, but in all actuality people who make 10,000 in a year like I did should get higher credits, not the ones who make 30,000 a year. I hope there is something that can be done to help. You want to fix the world, that is the first start. There are many people who share the same story I do. I work with a lot of them.

Thank You for taking the time to read my letter, and I hope to hear from you.

Dear Mark and President Obama,

Perhaps the "bevy" of "stoners" are actually a large group of constituents who wish to voice their opinion on the legalizing of marijuana.

This same "bevy" of online and active constituents are the same people that raised millions to help President Obama campaign and win the presidency. And as recent polls suggest, you are the new minority if you are not open to the possibility of legalizing marijuana.

Rather then dismissing and condescending such a large audience as these online activists, maybe a bit of open mindedness and education would help you see the light.

Thank you,
One of the "Bevy of Stoners"

*laughs* "We can expect a bevy of stoners flocking to the Web to ask questions about legalizing marijuana." So, anyone who has an opinion regarding the legalization of marijuana is a stoner? So absolutely no one can view it for the economic benefits? How about using it as an alternative energy source? Cheap production of hemp-based clothing? Those are just stoner opinions, I'm sure. Do you wanna talk about the problems with alcohol, hmm? I'd rather have pot legalized and properly enforced then the way it is now! Anyone can get their hands out it, even 12 year olds. Did you know most cops don't even bother to enforce marijuana laws any longer?

Sorry, but closed minded fools rather annoy me. Everyone who knocks internet users by assuming their all potheads, and all people looking at the benefits of using marijuana for economic reasons, should go read three articles from UNBIASED researchers. Then knock it or don't. How about the 1970's study done in Alaska? Alaska had a jump in it's economy and absolutely no rise in it's crime rate. If anything, it went down. Amsterdam? Lower crime rate that any major US city. Do some research and get your head out of you rear end.

I don't smoke Marijuana, but I am for the Legalization of it. What narrow derogatory category does that put me in?

I am sick of my tax money funding interests that go against mine. Overall insurance is even inflated to compensate for drug testing in the workplace when accidents happen. I bet more accidents happen from people that aren't well rested than people that have 3 week old Marijuana in their system.

That is just one example.

Prohibition creates black markets which create crime and inflate the costs of drugs which contribute to poverty.This increases the need for police which we pay for. We also pay for drug rehab programs for Marijuana users.Rehab should be a choice. Breaking addiction is up to the individual not others.

We pay in so many more ways. I could go on and on. Hopefully you will educate yourself and realize how much comes out of your pocket that does nothing to help our countries problems. It is government welfare.

hey obama when are you going to start doing what you said you were going to do.!!!! we been waiting.... but nothing! what are you doing???


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