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    December 29, 2008

    How to ask Obama a question

    Posted by: Andoni

    Obama answering
    Calling all activists - now is your opportunity to influence president-elect Barack Obama's thinking on gay issues (actually all issues). It has become very much easier to submit a question to his transition team as well as vote on other questions that have already been submitted.

    Even though I am traveling, when I got an email from John Podesta, co-chair of Obama's transition team, announcing this new feature called  Open for Questions on their transition web page, I dropped everything, registered, asked a question and voted on other questions.

    My question was:

    "How soon will you enact legislation to grant to gay and lesbian couples the same 1100+ federal benefits that opposite sex married couples get? Who is working on this? Who is going to introduce this bill you list in your civil rights agenda?"

    I would have gone deeper, but the length of the questions is limited. I was impressed that there already were a number of questions about same sex immigration, so instead of repeating those question, I simply voted "yes" to those questions, supporting them.

    You can search topics by keywords. If you are not registered, it's as simple as using your email address and choosing a password.

    Note that as of this posting, this is not like pissing in the ocean. So far, there have only been only 15,000 questions submitted, a much smaller number than I would have expected.

    This is a geat tool and I personally hope others will register and vote for my federal benefits question and support those questions others asked on same sex immigration.

    If I don't post again until after the New Year, have a great New Year eveybody. I'm on my way to Thailand to be with my beau.



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    1. Lucrece on Dec 29, 2008 6:57:29 PM:

      I'll start:

      "Mr. President, how satisfied do you feel with Congress taking up your 'cautious' approach to DADT-- a socially unpopular law according to polls-- and delaying the potential repeal to 2011?"

    1. dimitri on Dec 29, 2008 10:36:53 PM:

      Thanks for the heads up.

      Not sure if this link was posted on Citizen Crain yet, but here it is. Tell Congress to pass the UAFA via change.org.


    1. Michael Schmidt on Dec 30, 2008 10:24:07 AM:

      THANK you so much for bringing this to our attention. I spent over an hour reading questions posted and I must say Obama & team have lots of work. My father is in the final stages of a terminal illness. When we started working on his obituary, my younger brother said so what do we list your partner as... he gets to list his WIFE. I hate referring to my mate as "partner". How any educated person, of which some of my own family is the worst, can say our relationships are not the same. 18 years of over taxing and duplication of health benefits.

    1. Tim C on Dec 30, 2008 11:26:28 AM:

      I'm happy to see lots of questions regarding NASA and a manned Mars mission. I logged in to post such a question, but found that plenty of people beat me to it. I'd much rather see federal funds spent here than in propping up buggy whip manufacturers.

    1. EffieS on Jan 2, 2009 9:18:10 AM:

      Thanks for the heads up. Just went there and voted.

    1. Rick Baker on Jan 12, 2009 3:41:05 PM:

      Hi, if you really think about all this bailout money. if you gave it to the people in the UNITED STATES, all of them. Would that not free us all up to speed again. Just think about it. We could pay off those bills, and start buying again. From the poor side of town. Rick Baker

    1. Eric M on Jan 18, 2009 11:30:42 AM:

      Why are you spending on the order of $150 million on an inauguration in the middle of the worst financial times since the great depression? Seems very undignified. Maybe you should take a page from some of your predecessors who came to power during tough times (e.g. Roosevelt and Wilson).

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