This afternoon, President Barack Obama sits down with MTV News' Sway, BET's April Woodard, CMT's Katie Cook, a group of young people and the entire Internet community for a conversation about whatever is on your mind. In an historic live event, MTV News and BET News present "A Conversation With President Obama," a frank town hall discussion that will allow the leader of the free world to answer questions about the issues that matter most. President Obama is expected to tackle a number of different topics, from the economy and the war in Afghanistan to the increasingly problematic epidemic of cyberbullying and the future of the "don't ask, don't tell" laws in the military. It all happens live at 4 p.m. ET, and you can see the show on MTV, BET, CMT, mtvU, Centric, Tr3s and right here live on MTV.com.
All week, people like you have been firing up their Twitter accounts and tweeting about their greatest concerns and their most pressing questions for the president. He'll be addressing many of those issues, and you can follow along with the Twitter Tracker to keep track of where the conversation has shifted and how people are reacting to the president's answers. Plus, you can continue to tweet your questions and insights while the special airs live.
In the meantime, follow along the live blog below beginning at 4 p.m. ET, and be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments and tweet them to @MTVNews to get more involved in a vital conversation at a pivotal point in the history of this country.
5:00 That ends today's conversation. Watch the entire show below, and keep the conversation going in the comments and on Twitter.
4:58 One audience member's greatest hope is that in 10 years, there will be more black men enrolled in college than incarcerated. "It starts young, and if we can make sure that young boy gets good teachers and good support, that is going to do more to decrease the incarceration rate. That's why we have to prioritize education going forward," he says.
4:54 A tweet comes in concerned about communism and his own re-election. "We're all Americans, we all want the best for this country, though we may have disagreements about how to get there," he says. He appreciates the healthy debate, but says "We've got to stop the name calling and stop focusing on the next election."
4:51 What sort of steps will the president take to address issues of environmental justice? "The issue probably has more to do with income than it does with race or ethnicity," he says. Environmentally dangerous facilities tend to end up in lower income neighborhoods.
4:46 The next question: What will the president do to get the Dream Act passed? He hopes to help the children of immigrants who have committed no crime of their own, but it's a complicated issue