Saturday, April 23, 2011

T Is for Town Hall Chat

Town hall chat as in the first-of-its-kind town hall chat with President Barack Obama held via Facebook social media on April 20, 2011.

As you may know, the town hall meeting was held at Facebook headquarters in California. Mark Zuckerberg hosted the meeting, which I thought made a viable and interesting pairing for the discussion. Both men are highly intelligent, although in different realms.

I would like to preface any future remarks by saying I give respect to anyone elected Commander-in-Chief of the United States. Barack Obama happens to be a man I not only respect as the leader of our nation, but I hold many of the same values as does he and I admire his steadfastness of purpose.

The town hall meeting should have been an exciting opportunity for me. When the president entered the meeting hall, my heart swelled with pride. It was only moments later that I had to prop up my head with my hand to stay awake.

It wasn't the topics of his rhetoric so much as the clarity that this meeting held in that medium was meant to engage young voters. And that's okay. I understand wanting to get and keep young adults engaged in the welfare of our country. I just wish the open invite to the town hall meeting had had a warning asterisk some where.


  1. I agree with you, I respect the President, something I never did with Bush, who every time he came on tv seemed to be smirking or looked like he was about to laugh at all those who voted him into power.

    I just wish Obama had been given the opportunity to do what he wanted, to make America great again, instead of being constantly undermined and sabotaged.

  2. It's strange how we can build up so much anticipation for something, only to have that anticipation dissipate with the reality of the situation when it arrives. I know I try to never give in to hype, but being human it certainly doesn't come easy.

    It's a pleasure to meet you via the A-Z Challenge!

  3. @Jeffrey: I've met interesting folks via this challenge. It's been worthwhile from that standpoint alone.

    @Tony: I have to imagine the president must feel constantly frustrated; he's been thwarted at every move. Many in the newest wave of Republicans voted into office made it clear before they even took their oaths that bipartisanship was not a priority.