WASHINGTON, D.C. — A few hundred lucky young people will have a very special audience with President Obama on Thursday afternoon (October 14) during MTV News and BET News’ “A Conversation With President Obama.” They’ll get to ask him questions on the issues that affect them most during the interactive one-hour event, which airs live and commercial-free on MTV, MTVu, BET, Centric, TR3s and CMT at 4 p.m. ET and streams live on MTV.com, BET.com and CMT.com.
Over the past few days, MTV News has fanned out across the nation’s capital, visiting a couple of its most prestigious universities to pose this question to students: If you could ask President Obama one question, what would it be?
Here are some of their questions (and don’t forget, you can ask Obama your question by posting it on the Twitter Tracker now)
“President Obama, what revolutionary change will you bring about to this country in the next term that you serve?” — Castell Abner III, 18, Howard University
“Why is it that you don’t stand out more or you don’t speak out? When you were on the campaign trail, you were such a public voice and everybody believed what you said. Why, since going into office, have you not been as vocal about the things you believe in?” — Mikholae Hutchinson, 22, Georgetown University
“President Obama, how would you redirect funding to increase innovation and technology in the education system, both at the university level and at the regular secondary and elementary education level?” — Sumegh Sodani, 18, Georgetown University
“President Obama, when will you get me a job? I need a job! I need some money. And when will you lower my momma’s taxes, so she can have some money in the bank for me?” — Justin Jennings, 18, Howard University
“I would be too nervous to think about anything! I’d probably just tell him, ’How do you see things? How the future lies, where do you think we’re going?’ ” — Eduardo Pascual, 19, Georgetown University
“Just if he honestly thinks things will get better soon, or just to be honest and say if things are going to get better or if they really are headed for a bigger downturn.” — Margo Hufstetler, 19, Georgetown University
“President Obama, why aren’t we passing the DREAM act … why aren’t we passing comprehensive immigration reform?” — Saalina Khan, 19, Georgetown University
“How’s the White House?” Nick Campanella, 18, Georgetown University
What do you want to ask the president? Here’s how you can tweet your questions and comments before and during the show.
“A Conversation With President Obama,” a production of MTV News and BET News, will be hosted by MTV News’ Sway Calloway, BET’s April Woodard and CMT’s Katie Cook. The show will air live on Thursday at 4 p.m. ET/ 3 p.m. CT (and tape-delayed at 4 p.m. PT) on MTV, BET, CMT, mtvU, Centric and Tr3s. The show will also stream on MTV.com, BET.com, CMT.com and Tr3s.com and will be made available on-demand 30 days after its initial airing.