Health care may dominate the news these days, but there are scores of other issues on the minds of the American people. When ESSENCE.com asked Washington, D.C., residents if given the opportunity to make one phone call to President Obama, what would they ask him, they had a mix of political, professional and personal queries. Read what they had to say and then let us know what you would ask.
By Cynthia Gordy
“First thing I’d say is: You want to modernize health care records and make insurance universal. It’s a good idea, but with everything else that’s going on right now, do you think you’re trying to do it too fast?”
“I want to know how has your ethnic background, being a blend of two cultures, shaped your leadership style?”
“I work a couple of blocks from the White House, so I want to know: What career advice do you have for young Black professionals?”
“I’d want to know what’s the hardest thing so far about being President?”
“I would ask President Obama what can you do if somebody is shooting in my neighborhood?”
“I would ask him do you think you’re really capable of fixing all the economic problems and the rest of the mess that Bush left behind?”
“D.C. schools are messed up. I’d ask President Obama how can you improve the schools, and how can we stop the students from acting up?”
“My question would be how long do you think it will take for the country to get out of a recession? How many years do you foresee before people get back to work and money is being spent wisely?”
“I would ask President Obama what are you going to do about the war in Iraq? What are you doing to get our troops out of there, and what are you going to for the people in Iraq regarding the damage that we’ve already caused?”
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