WH Holds ‘Office Hours’ But This Isn’t Your Usual TA Meeting

By Eliza

Jul 27, 2011 4:09pm

ABC News' Jon Garcia reports:

Confused about this whole debt ceiling/deficit reduction negotiation and how it will affect you?  Well, if you’re looking to Obama’s White House to help sort it out for you, they’re offering “Office Hours.”  Yep, that’s right, it’s kinda like college, without the waiting in the hallway for a professor/teaching assistant/grad student who may or may not show up.  Only the office is on Twitter. And these aren’t TAs. 

In another outreach effort to flex the White House’s interactive nature, National Economic Council members Brian Deese and Jason Furman will be typing away all this week responding to queries live on Twitter.  The working title for this effort? “Budget Wonks Unite.”

“We're trying something new on our social networks,” blogs Kori Schulman.

Deese, who is the Deputy Director of the NEC, took the first round yesterday and answered questions for just over an hour, though it must be frustrating trying to get a complex administration policy answer on a complex economic and political issue into 140 characters. Deese, however, found some wiggle room: put links to longer explanations into the Twitter response. 

Up next, NEC Principle Deputy Director Furman will take a crack at it at 5pm today.  The pair will take turns through Friday

Oh, they also put up a disclaimer:  “Please note that we will do our best to stick to this Office Hours schedule, but times are subject to change.”

Maybe it’s more like college than I thought.  

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