Close… But No Answer
Tuesday, January 31st, 2012
Yesterday President Barack Obama held a first-of-its-kind Presidential Google+ Hangout from the Roosevelt Room in the White House, answering questions from everyday Americans submitted through YouTube and posed live to him in a cool back-and-forth video chat.
We submitted a question, asking President Obama if he’d support moving Election Day to the weekend to increase America’s historically terrible voter participation. Our submission was endorsed by, amongst hundreds of others, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, U.S. Representative Steve Israel, and Why Tuesday? advisory board member Meghan McCain.
As the forum began a short clip from the question we recorded came on screen during the intro video, and you saw and heard me ask:
Why do we vote on Tuesday?
It was an exciting start to the forum, and some online noticed this, and tweeted as much.
— Alex Howard (@digiphile) January 30, 2012
— Damon Berger (@DamonBerger) January 30, 2012
Alas, a shout-out wasn’t what we were looking for. Granted, it was incredible that the President of the United States saw and heard this question asked, as he referred to seeing the “teaser” when asked another question. But an answer is what we want, and our nation needs to hear.
With half a century of poor voter turnout in the United States and new restrictions to the franchise popping up in the 2012 election, we asked President Obama, along with the 2012 GOP candidates, to tell us how they’d increase American voter participation and protect the right to vote.
We tracked down and spoke to Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich, but we’ve yet to connect with the President. Here’s hoping that happens soon. In the meantime, you can catch the clip from our question at the :25 second mark of the White House’s video.
Here’s our full question, as submitted: