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Celebrities, Unions, Members of Congress All #AskObama

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, July 6 2011

Representatives John Boehner, who is the House speaker, Darrell Issa, Patrick McHenry, Bill Johnson, Adam Kinzinger and others in the House and Senate are using the #askObama hashtag to pepper President Barack Obama with questions.

They're retweeting each other, exhorting their followers to ask questions, and posing their own.

Obama's town hall-style event at 2 p.m. today is supposed to feature top-retweeted questions from that hashtag, as well as questions selected by region, topic, and from a team of curators. Twitter co-founder and event moderator Jack Dorsey may well pose questions for the commander-in-chief that come from members of Congress who have drummed up too much support for theirs to ignore. Other folks are getting in on the action; this morning, Mike Allen reported in Politico Playbook that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce would drum up Twitter support from its allies through online campaigns.

One of the things I'm curious about is how much sorting Twitter and the White House will do for folks who want to see top tweets as selected by the Twitterverse and the event moderators. The Twitter Search tool doesn't seem to be doing a good job of showing who's been getting retweets — which is problematic given that top-retweeted questions should have a higher probability of being put to the president.

Fortunately, there are other tools. Around here we like Twazzup — here's a Twazzup page for the #AskObama hashtag — and, full disclosure, we like it because we've been using it at Personal Democracy Forum conferences for the last year or so.

According to Twazzup, here are some of the most-circulated tweets around the event so far. This list changes rapidly and I'm not confident that this or any service can keep a running tally with any great degree of confidence, but when I checked, Twazzup listed all of these tweets as being retweeted dozens of times:

(h/t Mark Drapeau)

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