Despite the promise that President Obama’s first Facebook town hall would open a new level of two-way communication with his constituents, social-networking technology didn’t add much to the conversation.
Obama answered just eight questions during Wednesday’s hour-long session at Facebook’s secondary headquarters building in Palo Alto, an event that was streamed on the Facebook Live video page.
But some of those questions came from Facebook employees who won a company lottery for the chance to sit in the live audience. That left hundreds of questions posted on the event’s Facebook wall unanswered.
According to the SF Chronicle:
The less Obama engages with the youth, the better off he will be. Employing young people on his campaign? Sure, but leave the transparency to the folks who can handle tough questions.
I suppose that, with his erosion of favor among the independents who led him to victory, Obama is getting desperate for the famously lackluster youth vote. Let’s hope he scrapes up more schemes like this.