Twitter and the White House have announced a Twitter Town Hall webcast for July 6 in which participants are invited to ask President Obama "questions about the economy and jobs." But if past experience is any indicator -- and trust me, it is -- the most-asked questions will be about the president's willingness to push for the legalization of marijuana. In March 2009, shortly after his inauguration, Obama held a webcast "town meeting" in which online viewers could submit questions to him. At one point, the commander-in-chief interrupted the event M.C. to say, "There was one question that voted on that ranked fairly high and that was whether legalizing marijuana would improve the economy and job creation. And I don't know what this says about the online audience, but ... this was a popular question. We want to make sure it's answered. The answer is no, I don't think that's a good strategy to grow our economy. All right." Here's a video of the moment:
Obama's answer was criticized (rightly so, in my opinion) for being flippant, especially given the spectacular decades-long failure that is the war on drugs. Last January, the same thing happened when Obama participated in a YouTube question-and-answer session. Despite a wide range of problems and issues before the president and the country, the most popular questions concerned marijuana legalization. Of course, the White House will get to pick and choose which questions Obama will answer. So we may hear a pot question, and we may not. And if we do, the president will quickly dismiss the issue as he did two years. But it will be the most popular question category -- probably closely followed by "when will you release your real birth certificate, not that fake one from a couple of months ago? #tcot". The White House invites Americans and sovereign citizens alike to submit questions via Twitter by using the #AskObama hash tag. People with marijuana questions should consider using a #AskObamaAboutWeed hash tag. It'll help them keep things organized.