President Obama delivered remarks today on the pending fiscal crisis before an audience that the White House described as being comprised of "middle class Americans."
They filled the South Court Auditorium in the Executive Office Building and lustily cheered on the president, giving his appearance something of a campaign air.
But the White House wouldn't provide their occupations, incomes and whether or not they actually qualify as middle class taxpayers, saying they hadn't run the background checks. The audience members came to the attention of the White House by participating in Obama's call to tweet -- with the hashtag #my2k -- what they'd do with $2,000 -- the estimated pricetag for middle class Americans should the Bush-era tax hikes expire.
Obama earlier this month participated in a live Twitter q and a, using the hashtag. The White House has said that more than 250,000 people had sent my2k tweets.