President Obama is kicking off his reelection bid with a special online town hall meeting this week, which will also feature Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg. The event will be streamed live from Facebook’s headquarters, and Obama will answer select online audience questions about the economy and the budget.
However, even if you live in Palo Alto, Calif., don’t try to stop by at the last minute: “Unless invited to attend in person, please do not show up at Facebook HQ,” the official invite reads. Instead, you can follow everything live online on the White House’s Facebook page. Streaming is handled by Livestream. Check out the trailer for the event below:
The Facebook event page can also be used to ask Obama questions in advance, or to get a sense of what’s on people’s minds. Right now, questions about marijuana and online gambling are dominating the discussion, but there are some slightly less off-topic inquiries about tax rates and help for the unemployed.
The “Shared Responsibility and Shared Prosperity” town hall event, as it is called, isn’t officially billed as a campaign kick-off. However, it’s the first event since Obama officially announced his reelection bid last week that specifically targets the online audience, which was crucial in Obama’s first election bid. Online users donated much of Obama’s more than $200 million campaign fund, and his inauguration was one of the biggest live video events in the history of the Internet.
It remains to be seen whether he will be able to gather similar audiences and levels of support this time around; at the time of writing, the event had close to 23,000 RSVPs on Facebook.