First Draft: Obama online
President Barack Obama gets a bit of a reprieve from the Secret Service shield on the presidential use of Internet technologies and will answer questions submitted online from the public at 11:30 a.m. today.
The White House Web site has been taking questions in categories that include education, home ownership and jobs.
Activists for legalizing marijuana managed to flood the financial stability category with queries such as: “Has the administration given any thought to legalizing marijuana, as a cash crop to fuel the economy?” Let’s see if that one gets picked for a presidential response.
At the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is yet again at a congressional hearing. Wonder if he’s getting comfortable in that witness chair and at deflecting those probing questions from lawmakers (helpful hint: AIG bonuses bad).
Today’s testimony is before a House Financial Services Committee hearing on financial regulation reform and Geithner is expected to offer up some ideas.
While the Treasury honcho faces a storm of questions on the Hill, there’s real weather happening in the upper Midwest.
The Red River Valley region of North Dakota has been dealing with serious flooding from heavy rains.
Photo credit: Reuters/stringer (Marijuana plants at greenhouse in Mexico’s Baja California)