Did you catch President Barack Obama’s AMA over at Reddit earlier today? (For non-Redditors, AMA = ask me anything).
UPDATE: Hey everybody – this is barack. Just finished a great rally in Charlottesville, and am looking forward to your questions. At the top, I do want to say that our thoughts and prayers are with folks who are dealing with Hurricane Isaac in the Gulf, and to let them know that we are going to be coordinating with state and local officials to make sure that we give families everything they need to recover.
LAST UPDATE: I need to get going so I’m back in DC in time for dinner. But I want to thank everybody at reddit for participating – this is an example of how technology and the internet can empower the sorts of conversations that strengthen our democracy over the long run. AND REMEMBER TO VOTE IN NOVEMBER – if you need to know how to register, go to http://gottaregister.com. By the way, if you want to know what I think about this whole reddit experience – NOT BAD!
Better get over there now to begin wading through the 15K+ comments. (Update: Here is a convenient subreddit detailing each of his answers.)
He came off quite well, even when s0crates82 corrected his grammar:
[–]ormirian 2704 points 3 hours ago*
Are you considering increasing funds to the space program?
[–]PresidentObamaObama[S] 2020 points 3 hours ago
Making sure we stay at the forefront of space exploration is a big priority for my administration. The passing of Neil Armstrong this week is a reminder of the inspiration and wonder that our space program has provided in the past; the curiosity probe on mars is a reminder of what remains to be discovered. The key is to make sure that we invest in cutting edge research that can take us to the next level – so even as we continue work with the international space station, we are focused on a potential mission to a asteroid as a prelude to a manned Mars flight.
[–]s0crates82 2021 points 3 hours ago
| a asteroid
an asteroid, Mr. President.
He politely ignored multiple questions about weed, drone kills, Guantanamo Bay, and overreach by the TSA, while revealing that his favorite basketball player is Michael Jordan. Still, style points galore for this awesome move.