WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – President Barack Obama has taken to Reddit. Seriously.
Obama took to Reddit on Wednesday afternoon, addressing issues ranging from Internet freedom and why young voters should turn out for him again on Election Day to the recipe for the White House beer.
The “AMA,” or “Ask Me Anything,” session came as a bit of a surprise as Obama continues to campaign in Virginia during the week of the Republican National Convention.
At around 4:30 p.m., Reddit moderators and administrators confirmed that a thread started by a user with the username, “PresidentObama,” was indeed authored by Obama, prompting a social-media double-take. By the time the thread had ended, there were more than 12,000 comments loaded into the thread.
Questions that were responded to by Obama ranged from serious to light. He opened by giving his thoughts and prayers to those affected by Hurricane Isaac. The president touched on why young voters, who turned out in droves for Obama four years ago, should continue to support him. Obama stuck to his platform of growing and creating solid middle-class jobs that are attainable for recent graduates, while placing higher taxes on those making more than $250,000 a year.
“I don’t promise that this will solve all our immediate economic challenges, but my plans will lay the foundation for long term growth for your generation, and for generations to follow,” he said. “So don’t be discouraged – we didn’t get into this fix overnight, and we won’t get out overnight, but we are making progress and with your help will make more.”
During the course of the conversation, the president was also asked about the expensive nature of this current campaign, with the increased influence of super-PAC donations. Obama said he thinks that, among other items, a constitutional amendment process should be implemented to overturn Citizens United.
“Money has always been a factor in politics, but we are seeing something new in the no-holds barred flow of seven and eight figure checks, most undisclosed, into super-PACs; they fundamentally threaten to overwhelm the political process over the long run and drown out the voices of ordinary citizens,” Obama said. “We need to start with passing the Disclose Act that is already written and been sponsored in Congress – to at least force disclosure of who is giving to who.”
Obama also went on to answer who is favorite basketball player was (Michael Jordan), what the recipe was for the White House beer (available soon), and his most difficult decision in the past four years (the surge in Afghanistan).
Toward the end of the Reddit thread, Obama said that the first thing he would do on Election Day, whether he wins or loses, would be to thank his volunteers working for the campaign. He ended by summing up his Reddit experience.
“By the way, if you want to know what I think about this whole reddit experience – NOT BAD!” he said.