Wednesday, August 29, 2012

UPDATE | "Ask President Obama Anything" Just Crashed Reddit

An AMA ("Ask Me Anything" thread, where you can get an answer from a celebrity or public figure on any kind of question) just unceremoniously popped up on Reddit. That's not a huge deal unless it's President Barack Obama.

UPDATE (4:54 P.M.): Aaaaaand we're back. It looks like the huge influx of commenting is going to make everything spotty for a bit. Here's that link to the thread again.

UPDATE (4:42 P.M.): Reddit is down now. Should have seen that coming. The thread was pushing 6,000 comments before it crashed and it was only started about a half-hour ago. Yowza. 

A few notable quotes from the questions he's answered thus far:
Internet freedom is something I know you all care passionately about; I do too. We will fight hard to make sure that the internet remains the open forum for everybody - from those who are expressing an idea to those to want to start a business. And although their will be occasional disagreements on the details of various legislative proposals, I won't stray from that principle - and it will be reflected in the platform.
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.
Oh, and he's a self-proclaimed "Bulls guy".

The President's already been knocked for a "there/their" mistake as well as an "a/an" mistake. At least the Internet is consistent in its grammatical subjugation of normal (and extraordinary) folk.


Starting at 4:30 EST, the PotUS will be entertaining (almost) all of your questions for about a half hour. At about 10 minutes after the posting was made, the thread was flooded with over 2,000 comments. 

Here are some of the top-voted questions:

It doesn't appear that the President has actually answered any questions yet, but stay tuned to see what he decides to weigh in on...

Oh, Reddit...

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