I'm Gene Sperling, Assistant to President Obama for Economic Policy. AMA.
Hey Reddit, I'm the Director of the National Economic Council and Assistant to President Obama for Economic Policy. I've been in the West Wing for a while now, having served on the National Economic Council for more than 10 years, starting in 1993 under President Clinton. Fun fact: I also consulted for the TV show "The West Wing." Really hoping you all are kinder than the folks at LemonLyman. As Josh would say, I applaud your interest in government... so ask me anything.
I'll be answering your questions from 2 to 3 p.m. EDT. I'd like to talk about the President's plan to reduce the deficit (which you can check out here: http://wh.gov/presidentsplan), but I'll be taking other questions too.
Edit: Great to be here, we're getting started now.
Edit 2: Hey everyone. Typing out these responses is taking a little longer than I planned and I appreciate everyone's patience. I'm going to stick around a bit longer than I had originally scheduled so I can keep working through these.
Edit 3: This has been great. You know, there wasn't Reddit during the Clinton Administration (we used to even fax back then!)
I wish I could stay longer. Got to run to a meeting on the economic impact of immigration reform. (Reply if there's anything that you'd like to share on this). And while we have to fix our budget challenges, we have to keep making progress immigration reform and universal pre-k — which are key to both our values and long-term economic growth. Thanks.