by Bob Geary
Obamaland is now open for your questions at http://change.gov/page/content/openforquestions -- which the President-elect will answer when he has a free moment.
But seriously, Obama's transition office and forthcoming White House are opening themselves up to a public process of taking the questions we the peoples think (per our votes) are the most important. That's right, we get to keep right on voting -- and really, didn't you have fun voting in November?
The Obama team is clearly exposing itself to a bit of a risk here. It could find itself choosing between answering an uncomfortable question and ducking one that the public is clamoring for an answer to. And if the state of the country fails to improve (or gets even worse) over the next few years, the public could also end up registering more and more negative questions.
The way it works: 1) questions are submitted by me and thee; 2) everybody votes on 'em, good, bad or inappropriate; 3) Obama's team promises to answer the ones with the most "good" votes.
For example, this question from one JMX is probably going to be voted off the island:
"I think Michelle Obama is a fine woman.
"Where would you recommend going to meet a girl like her?"
Whereas this question, from Diane (NJ), is currently getting the most "goods":
"What will you do to establish transparency and safeguards against waste with the rest of the Wall Street bailout money?"