Obama to hold Twitter webcast on economy, jobs

By REUTERS
June 30, 2011 22:26

WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama will hold a "town hall" webcast on the economy and jobs on Twitter next week, but don't expect his answers to be short.

The online service's normally ironclad 140-character limit -- the written "Tweet" format -- will apply to the questions the president receives but not to his answers.The White House used Twitter to announce Wednesday's event and invited people to begin submitting queries.

The president, who has been praised for his oratorical skills and criticized at times for being too verbose, will appear on a webcast in a discussion moderated by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, the company's executive chairman, White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Thursday.


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