UPDATE: Obama answers questions on Twitter

Update: President Obama answered questions on Twitter today. Below are the questions that he accepted and answered.

White House photographer Pete Souza tweeted this photo of President Obama answering questions on Twitter. (PETE SOUZA / WHITE HOUSE)


Original post:

President Obama will answer questions about his tax plan via Twitter on Monday. 

"Good to see lots of folks on twitter speaking out on extending middle class tax cuts. I'll answer some Qs on that at 2ET," the president tweeted. "Ask w/ #My2k." 

The White House is engaging in a full-court social media press to rally support for Obama's tax plan, which would freeze tax rates for most Americans while letting the Bush tax cuts for the rich expire. 

“When the American people speak loudly enough, lo and behold, Congress listens,” Obama said last week while introducing the #My2K hashtag. “My hope is to get this done before Christmas.”

The vast majority of Republicans have held firm in their opposition to any tax rate increases. (There are a few exceptions.) House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has offered only to end tax deductions and loopholes that benefit the wealthy. 

Obama held his first Twitter town hall in the summer of 2011, answering questions about jobs and the economy. House Republicans crashed the event, using the opportunity to take shots at the president.

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.

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