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Great questions that won't make it to Obama's Twitter town hall

Of the over 25,000 questions tweeted in, only a handful will be selected, but probably not these hilarious gems

Natasha Lennard
July 6, 2011 10:07PM (UTC)

President Obama is taking part in a Twitter town hall Wednesday afternoon, answering questions posed via Twitter with a focus on the economy. Over 25,000 Twitter users so far have sent in a questions using the #askobama hashtag. Of these questions, a few will be selected algorithmically (so that the most popular themes are addressed) and by a team of curators chosen by Twitter including, student writers, economics professors, business writers and bloggers from both sides of the political spectrum.

We can be sure, therefore, that even if Obama is confronted with some tough questions (which is in itself pretty doubtful, as the Washington Post's Chris Cillizza notes), some of the best, funniest tweets that have been sent his way will not make it to the town hall. But we'll give them (some of) the publicity they deserve here:

  • HuffPost Hill: Have you ever heard the wolf cry to the blue corn moon? Can you paint with all the colors of the wind? #AskObama
  • Slate's Dave Weigel: Who put the bomp in the bomp, bomp, bomp, bomp? #askobama #failedstimulus
  • Wonektte: Hey Obama, is your refrigerator running? Better go catch it! (And lock it in Gitmo, which you promised to close.) #askobama #jerk

Other tweeters were equally creative:


Natasha Lennard

Natasha Lennard is an assistant news editor at Salon, covering non-electoral politics, general news and rabble-rousing. Follow her on Twitter @natashalennard, email

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