Join President Obama's Facebook Townhall Event live blog and chat

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a town hall meeting at the North Virginia Community College April 19, 2011 in Annandale, Virginia. Obama discussed his vision for bringing down the deficit at the town hall meeting.
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President Obama speaks during a town hall meeting
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It's 526 days until the next US Presidential Election, but it's never too early to start campaigning (especially when you have a 43 percent approval rating).

President Barack Obama began his 2012 reelection efforts on Monday April 4 with targeted texts, an e-mail blast, and a YouTube video (which, judging by the number of likes and dislikes, has an approval rating of roughly 46%). He hopes continue his 2012 reelection campaign at a Facebook fireside chat with a potential audience of 500 million individuals worldwide on a day when college coeds and aging hippies are sure to be high on hope.

Come join What's Trending in our CoverItLive live chat below and get highlights of the interview in real-time from our managing editor, Michelle Castillo. Shira Lazar, along with our social media producer Melissa Rowley, will also be in the live chat and pulling in some of the best commentary from the Twitter stream.

The Facebook Townhall event on April 20 will broadcast live from the Facebook HQ in Palo Alto, California. The social network's CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg will also participate in the meeting, which promises to "discuss the tough choices we must all make in order to put our economy on a more responsible fiscal path, while still investing in areas like innovation that will help our economy grow and make America more competitive."
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The event is officially called "Shared Responsibility and Shared Prosperity" and Obama will rock politics (and probably try to do a little early rocking of the vote) at 1:45PM PT / 4:45PM ET. You can catch the action and submit questions to the President via or
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