What do you want to ask Obama?

The transition team unveils a new Web page that allows users to ask questions of the president-elect, and vote on which staffers should answer.

Topics: Barack Obama, War Room,

The Obama transition team has just debuted a new feature on its Web site, Change.gov. The page, entitled “Open for Questions,” allows people to submit their own questions to President-elect Barack Obama and his aides. You can also vote on questions submitted by others, moving them higher or lower on the list. The site promises that aides will be answering on a regular basis.

Naturally, since this feature comes with some potential pitfalls, the announcement prompted a round of joke questions which were e-mailed around Salon’s in-house listserv. (Also, there was a suggestion that all queries should be answered by a hologram of will.i.am.) My question, of course, was “Where were you really born and why won’t you release your real birth certificate?”



Others were “I’m an upwardly mobile young community organizer who just moved to Hyde Park. Can you recommend a good church for me to join?” and “I’m getting ready to buy a company that makes about two-hundred fifty, two-hundred seventy, eighty thousand dollars a year. Your new tax plan’s going to tax me more, isn’t it?” Finally, submitted by someone who is not actually Camille Paglia: “What DO the Clintons have on you? — Camille Paglia.”

What are your questions? Leave ideas in the letters section attached to this post.

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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