Obama links to Facebook for economy townhall

WASHINGTON Tue Apr 5, 2011 3:22pm EDT

President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference at the White House in Washington, April 5 , 2011. REUTERS/Jim Young

President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference at the White House in Washington, April 5 , 2011.

Credit: Reuters/Jim Young

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will visit Facebook's California headquarters on April 20 and hold a town hall forum on the economy with Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg and Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, the White House said on Tuesday.

The event will be streamed live over the Internet and open to anyone anywhere who is able to watch it, the White House said on its Facebook page.

The White House page said potential participants could begin submitting questions immediately, by posting them on the event page on Facebook or on the White House website, and that Facebook would select questions for the event.

Obama met with Facebook founder Zuckerberg and other high-tech industry leaders in February during a visit to the West coast aimed at promoting technology innovation to boost the struggling U.S. economy and reduce stubbornly high unemployment, issues crucial to Obama's 2012 re-election prospects.

Facebook has reportedly expressed interest in hiring Robert Gibbs, Obama's former press secretary and a long-time aide, for a senior post.

(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle, editing by Doina Chiacu AND Sandra Maler)

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Comments (3)
whitehaint wrote:
Huh?! This has to be the most idiotic and disconnected president ever! I don’t care what a company who makes money off your personal information has to say about anything to the president, lets just have the election and get a new face in to do the same old stuff.

Apr 05, 2011 3:14pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
LouannO wrote:
What a waste of time, and taxpayer money. Don’t tell me there is no way he could do a video conference. Another way to take taxpayer money from places where it is needed. No One is going to watch this fool. What a bonehead.

Apr 06, 2011 11:02am EDT  --  Report as abuse
LouannO wrote:
Put me in charge of the economy, I will have us rolling in dough in no time. I am mean, and do NOT take crap from anyone.

Apr 06, 2011 11:04am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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