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White House “Open for Questions” with Valerie Jarrett and Melody Barnes

"Open for Questions" with The Root

Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes answers an audience member’s question at the “Open for Questions” conversation at the White House on Friday, October 21, 2011. October 21, 2011. (by Office of Public Engagement)

Last week, the White House hosted an “Open for Questions” session with Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett and Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes to give an update on the American Jobs Act and to discuss the administration's “Creating Pathways to Opportunity” report.  All questions addressed on stage were filtered in from audience members and submitted on Twitter by people across the country. The Root's Cynthia Gordy moderated the 45-minute discussion, which covered questions ranging from job creation to poverty to economic improvement in urban areas. The session was streamed live by The Root and on

To read more about the White House report on Creating Pathways to Opportunity for All Americans, please visit

Watch the video of the event:

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Heather Foster is the Associate Director of African American Affairs.

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