"As a recent college grad w/o a full time job, these cuts wouldn't help me, would they?" asked one user from West Virginia who had an Obama presidential campaign logo on her Twitter avatar.
"[C]uts w/out revenue=reductions in student loans; work/study & college tax credits expire. Bad for growth," Obama replied to the user, who's Twitter photo shows purple hair. "[L]ike your hair!" Obama wrote.
Riding high after his election win last month, Obama has negotiated with Republicans during this round of deficit negotiations by going back to the voters who just reelected him.
Last week the president traveled to Pennsylvania to push for a middle class tax cut extension with voters gathered at a toy factory there. The White House has also sent out campaign-style emails to fire up support for Obama's position. Monday's Twitter event was another example of the president pressuring Congress by leveraging the support he has among the public at the moment.
Here's the full Q & A: