The White House blog and Twitter feed this week promoted a Thursday MTV town hall meeting featuring President Obama and students by asking teens to tweet questions about jobs, energy and other issues weighing on their minds. But the moderators on MTV's website, which was live-streaming the televised event and posting comments, didn't seem to get the whole "youth" theme.
Staged as a forum to get out the vote -- the webcast looked more like an uncensored free-for-all, or a Tea Party rally. Here is a sampling of the comments that appeared on the MTV site:
- "#askmarijuana Dear President Obama, What are your thoughts and views on legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes in all states ?"
- "Why is the middle class suffering more than any other group right now? I worked 2 years very hard to get you elected. Now I"M being audited!"
- "#askjobs Will the President help push for passage of the Equal Employment for All Act (H.R. 3149)? Credit checks are discriminatory especially so for older Americans. This is a real job creation program. Are you aware of it and that it's been stuck in Committee for the past year?"
- "How are you going to push for Universal Health care? And how do you think that it is not a violations of our rights as Americans? Personally I feel like it is unconstitutional, how can you argue that it is not?"
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