What Should Amelia Ask President Obama?

The White House has given WCCO-TV an exclusive invitation to go to Washington, D.C. for a behind-the-scenes tour of the executive mansion.

And, while we’re there, our very own Amelia Santaniello will also get a chance to have a one-on-one talk with President Obama.

You can watch our exclusive reports from the White House starting Monday — with the behind-the-scenes tour and the interview with President Obama in our newscasts on Tuesday.

But before we go, we want to know what questions you have for the president. Leave a comment below — and who knows, Amelia might just ask your question to the Commander in Chief.

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    […] Questions For Obama The White House has given WCCO-TV an exclusive invitation to go to Washington, D.C. for a behind-the-scenes tour of the executive mansion, plus Amelia Santaniello will interview President Obama. What should she ask? Sound off here. […]

  • Mark

    Whether it is the Tea Party movement or the recent Occupy Wall Street movement it’s obvious that people from both sides of the political spectrum feel they have a government who answers to special interests and not the will of the people. Will you support a constitutional amendment reversing the Supreme Court’s interpretation of corporate person-hood and ensure that the U.S. Constitution protects only the rights of living human beings while corporations and other for-profit institutions are prohibited from attempting to influence the outcome of elections, legislation or government policy through the use of aggregate resources or by rewarding or repaying employees or directors to exert such influence?

  • bruce & jane

    Please tell President Obama how important we believe supporting Israel is to the future of the United States of America. And ask him if he will unconditionally support Israel if reelected.

  • Mike

    We authorized the expenditure for the Irag war. We authorized the expenditure for the Afghan war. We authorized the expenditure for the Wall Street bailout. Where did the money come from to pay for these expenditures? How are we going to pay it back?

  • Dennis B

    When is the US going to convert from the English system of measurement to the metric system like the rest of the world?

    • Danielle

      I don’t know that just straight up switching would be such a great idea. If it is decided we should convert some day, I would suggest integrating it into the lessons in the schools. Give it just as much attention as the English system is given. That way, more people would know it when or if they decide to fully convert.

    • Little Tin God

      Late to the party here, but we already tried that about 30 or 40 years ago and it fell flatter than a pancake.

  • Danielle

    I have heard reports saying that some of the people who supported him in the first election, won’t in the next campaign. What does he have to say to those people as well as others who are not sure they want to support him again to get them to vote for him?

  • Daphne

    I would like to know how come my bank TCF can charge me if my account is negative more than $5.00 (for which it was but it was brought up to -12 b/c a direct deposit of 100.00 was put in, so now every day I am being charged 28.00 dollars. I don’t not have or will I have any money to pay this fee. I am currently paying my mortgage and Chapter 13 payments. I’d like to know why they can get away with doing this?

  • Liam McLaughlin

    Bullying has been a huge issue with teens in the United States recently and I know you talked to Lady Gaga briefly in California about creating a law to make bullying illegal. I just want to ask, “Have you started to create a law yet?” and “Will it ever become a law under your presidency?”

    Thank you!!

  • Vicki

    Why not take back congressional perks while cutting other programs? Warren Buffet’s ideas.
    *Congressional Reform Act of 2011*

    1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman collects a salary while in office
    and receives no pay when they are out of office.

    2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security. All
    funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security
    system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system,
    and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for
    any other purpose.

    3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans

    4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay
    will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

    5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the
    same health care system as the American people.
    6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American

    7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/12.
    The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen. Congressmen
    made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor,
    not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours
    should serve their term’s), then go home and back to work.

  • Sally Mills

    Can the interest rate on student loans be reduced to what it was in 2000? (I think it was 4.3%). It’s ridiculous that at 6.7% it’s higher than mortgage interest rates. It never was before the Bush Administration raised it.

  • lisa Laflair

    What does President Obama think his biggest accomplishment has been?

  • nick

    How Does Taxing folks in a position of advantage {the Wealthy } have any affect on them ? Won’t they simply pass it on to us – the other 95%?

    Doesn’t the same go for taxing corporations?  How does that  help us tax payers? Aren’t they simply a tax conduit and pass it on to us the other 95% in their products and services.  

    More government revenue thru taxing the wealthy ineffectively is not the answer. 
    How does taxing the upper 5% of the income earners with a complex / flawed tax code help the other 95%! 

    Aren’t there ways to design a simpler tax system that would truly tax the wealthy if that is the goal vs a smoke and mirror political fast one?

    For Example As a start: Create linkage in publicly held companies between the core worker’s income [ I.e the worker who represents the DNA or essence of that company’s product or service]  and  privileged upper management.   Anything above that guide line ratio would need the owners [stock holders] approval.  We need to control excessive CEO pay & bonuses in public companies to limit core worker demoralization,  employee vs management adversarial relationships, and simple balance.  When even a bad CEO makes more money in a few minutes or when fired than the other 95% make in a lifetime the system is broken.

    Isn’t Paying for current spending increases / or reducing debt  via taxing the wealthy with our current tax system flawed? Won’t that end up as a back door tax on the non-wealthy { the other 95%} and only a  small percent of the wealthy who cannot pass a tax increase on because they are earning their wealth in the private sector vs a public company were the owners and even union employes have no control over top management compensation.

  • Todd

    I would like you to ask him where he sees Education in this country going?
    Will we ever see the majority support education instead of blaming it?

    How about keeping families engaged and accountable for their childs education?

  • Pauline

    My question realy has nothing to do with politics, I would like to get to know the man. So I would like to know what his favoite breakfast cereal is. I know this question is odd, but I think that many often forget that he is simply a man who has the same wants and desires as we do. I would also like to let Presdent Obama know that I think that he is noing a good job in his leadership of our country. There are those that think other wise , but if you step back and think about what he is doing and what he can do you will see he is doing the best he can with what he has to work with, Thank you for taking the time to read my inquiry.

  • Benjamin Schafer

    Why are the lawmakers considering cutting SS and raising the retirement age?

  • Chris Moe

    With the overly-complicated tax code being what it is and missing so many people who are not paying taxes on cash they are bringing or getting tax credits, why not switch to FairTax instead? We’d make the tax money you want and also save money by eliminating a lot of what the IRS has to do to audit people.

  • Denise

    We hear a lot about job creation, but what about job preservation? What is or can be done to stop the off-shoring of US jobs? I would have liked to attend President Obama’s last visit to MN, but I couldn’t — I was in Manila training people there to do my job while people in the US were being “let go” by the company.

  • John

    I have three unemployed children They want to work but can not find jobs. A commone response is you are over qualified. Why is being too good a cause for not being able to work?

  • A.M. Walls-Windhauser

    There are many families with children in homeless shelters here in Minnesota; homeless because of the crafty foreclosure scams of big banks.

    So, for obvious reasons those children do not function well in the classroom.
    What a big price to pay so that Wells Fargo can make record profits. MAKE THE BANKS HIRE THEIR BORROWERS!! Homeowner/Taxpayers don’t want “credit to buy a car” when they don’t have a JOB or a HOME for their family.

    Why is the focus on profiting from foreclosures and NOT families displaced?
    Banks are not held accountable for ARM loans PAYMENTS NOT DECREASING if interest rates FALL. Banks are not training their personnel to decrease ARM loan payments.

  • Marilyn

    Thank President Obama for continuing to be a voice of reason amidst the cacophony of Washington.

  • Mary Seidel

    Please ask him if he watched PBS “Frontline” report about the detention centers for illegal immigrants? If no, please do so, and if yes, when will he do something about the mistreatment of the “prisoners?” Mary Seidel

  • Char

    Please ask President Obama to reveal the CORRECT Federal Employee’s pay. I myself am a Federal Employee in Minnesota and am so tired of hearing the media report that the average Federal worker makes $127,000 per year. When in fact, 80 to 90 % of the Federal employees make between $40,000 and $60,000 per year. If the Federal employee in Washington DC makes that much money, then something is very wrong with the system. And there’s is something wrong with the media for reporting false information. And because of the false information, Congress is trying to make the Federal Employee shoulder the whole burden of the deficit. We, the Federal employee are also affected by the rising cost of everything in this country. Without the COLA increase (which is very minimal, to say the least), it gets harder every year. I am one of majority of Feds that makes $44,000 per year, with a husband on Social Security Disability from an extremely rare form of cancer he got from Agent Orange when he served in the Army during the Vietnam war. We are struggling. His retirement has been depleted due to medical costs and we are now starting to dip into mine (TSP) to cover house repairs, etc. Please ask Congress to stop putting the Feds out in front of the firing line. We’re still working because we settled for the lower paying jobs in the first place, while everyone that is currently out of work, settled for the higher paying jobs. Now that the higher paying jobs are no more, everyone wants to persecute the Federal employee. Somebody needs to put a stop to it.

  • Rita Schmit

    1. Why does congress and other government offices have different health programs than the citizens of United States? Why does the health coverage continue after the person is no longer serving office? Will the citizens of our country ever have a chance to vote on this issue?
    2. Will a limit of money spent for elections ever be limited to a certain amount? Could a certain percentage like 1% spent for elections ever be required to pay off the national debt? Also a time limit prior to an opening of an office for campaigning to begin?
    3. Why isn’t there a refinery built in North Dakota near the oil fields? Why are there not more refineries built in America? Is it big oil business that is stopping this so they can make more money? Why is electricity regulated and not oil?
    Thank you for the opportunity to ask questions.

  • Sue Hendricks

    The republicans are aware that they do not have a candidate that will beat Mr. Obama, so they have resorted to fixing the vote by passing the Voter ID laws in forty-one states. Has anyone looked in the requirements of obtaining an ID? The easiest way is showing your birth certificate, if you don”t have one, you can fax or mail the application, after it is signed by a notary public. The cost is $18.00, and no walk-ins are accepted. It takes 2-4 weeks to process.. You can’t just walk into the DMV unless you have all the requirents in hand., People need to be aware of the time period if they wait too long, they wont’ be able to vote. How can the president win when the republicans have fixed the vote?

  • RK

    Why don’t the democrats fight more, in a public way like they say they want to, for the ordinary people?

    Why are nursing home expenses so high for taking care of our elderly? The elderly need to be considered more of a priority and the costs need to be reviewed and regulated some how. There needs to be advocates for those who don’t have a family to participate in their nursing home experience (all aspects). We tend to forget about the elderly in our nursing facilities and need to remember we wouldn’t be here without everything they did before us.

    Why are we not increasing the minimum wage in proportion with all increased costs, such as health care, living costs, higher education, taxes, etc.? Many cannot live on minimum wage.

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