Taking Your Questions on Twitter

Posted by Susan Rice
February 9, 2011
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About the Author: Susan Rice serves as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

When I left the West Coast after college in 1986, only one in 500 Americans owned a cell phone -- and these were essentially bricks about 10 inches long. IBM had just announced its first laptop, which weighed 12 pounds. The founders of Facebook, I can only imagine, were then figuring out how to master nap time and tee ball.

As I go back again this week to take part in a Twitter Town Hall in San Francisco, an event that will be carried live on Twitter and Ustream at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time, the Bay Area looks quite a bit different. Education and innovation -- "the currency of the 21st century," in the words of President Obama -- have changed the face of Silicon Valley and much of the world. But our interconnected age has also brought us new challenges. Today, transnational threats can sweep across borders as freely as a mass migration, an environmental calamity, or a deadly disease.

The Obama Administration is working every day to meet these challenges through our work at the United Nations, which plays an essential role as a keeper of peace, a provider of emergency aid, and a mediator between nations. You may agree -- or disagree -- with an approach to foreign policy that makes the best use of this complicated but indispensable institution. Whatever your views, I encourage you to send me your questions tomorrow at 10 a.m. Pacific Time on Twitter, using the hashtag #AskAmbRice.

Just don't ask me my age or my views on Betamax vs. VHS. And keep your questions to less than 140 characters, please.

Editor's note: This entry first appeared on the White House Blog. For more information on the United States' work at the United Nations, visit usun.state.gov and follow Ambassador Rice on Twitter and Facebook. Follow Ambassador Rice's Twitter Town Hall on Twitter and Ustream at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time/ 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time on Thursday, February 10, 2011.



United States
February 9, 2011

Zharkov in the U.S.A. writes:

Why wait for questions?

King Abdullah reportedly told President Obama not to humiliate Mr Mubarak and warned that he would step in to bankroll Egypt if the US withdrew its aid program, worth $1.5 billion annually.

Isn't that a wonderful idea!

Why didn't you think of that?

How soon can his highness cut the check so we end Egyptian aid and transfer that money to pay down our national debt?

Would it be too much to ask his highness to do the same for Israel? It's only another $3 billion or so, and Israel probably doesn't even need the extra money.

Maybe you could cut a deal for the Saudis to pay off Israel as well?

John P.
February 10, 2011

John P. in Greece writes:

@ Mrs. Rice

How old are you? (LOL)

I found your post extremely interesting!

Keep up the great work Madame!

(November 17, 1964) (CHUCKLE)

North Carolina, USA
February 10, 2011

Kate in North Carolina writes:

When will the UNCRC be ratified? will the US wait for Somalia to go first, leaving us last? I believe it's hypocritical for us to be preaching to other countries re: human rights when we have refused, so far, to ratify the CRC.

Maryland, USA
February 10, 2011

Patrick in Maryland writes:

I thought Amb-Susan Rice's answers were very good ,too the questions she was asked.

I think the U.N. is evolving as needed to the situations that are pending or upcoming.

I believe she referred that change needs to be made orderly, so progress can be made not lost.

Nice Hearing your thoughts Susan. :)


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