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Barack Obama's 'Ask Me Anything' Brings Down Reddit

By - Source: The Verge | B 42 comments

Obama is a Redditor (and he probably has more comment karma than you).

When President Barack Obama ran for office in 2008, his campaign was different from anything we'd seen from other presidential candidates. His office leveraged social media tools, such as Twitter and Facebook, to engage with a younger generation of voters. When he assumed office, he launched his own YouTube channel and during his term he's hosted Google+ Hangouts and Twitter sessions. Yesterday, Obama took things up a notch with an AMA on Reddit. His Q&A was so popular that he crashed the site.

Reddit's AMA (Ask Me Anything) subreddit is a forum that allows individuals to host their own Q&A sessions. People can post AMAs, opening themselves up to any questions that Reddit users have, no matter how personal in nature. If they wish to limit questions to those of a less personal nature, then they can host AMAA (Ask Me Almost Anything) threads instead. Obama announced yesterday that he would be spending 30 minutes answering questions on the site and he didn't limit the questions users could ask.

Now 30 minutes isn't a lot. Indeed, Obama only answered 10 questions, and Reddit users asked thousands. In fact, The Verge reports that many users couldn't even access the site because it was overwhelmed with traffic. Despite growing popularity, the site has managed to maintain some of its obscurity. Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian branded it a 'huge day for Reddit.'

So, how did Obama find Reddit? According to the final update to his AMA post, Obama classed "this whole Reddit experience" as "NOT BAD!"

Reddit member Biinaryy compiled all the questions and answers in a single post.

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    pacioli , August 30, 2012 3:52 PM
    Groundbreaking stuff... Really taking on the issues that matter!
    "How do you balance family life and hobbies with, well, being the POTUS?"
    "Who's your favourite Basketball player?"
    "What is the first thing you'll do on November 7th, win or lose?"
    "What was the most difficult decision that you had to make during this term?"
    "What's the recipe for the White House's beer?"

    I'm surprised no one asked what his favorite color was...
  • 25 Hide
    aftcomet , August 30, 2012 3:59 PM
    Must be election time.
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    acerace , August 30, 2012 3:30 PM
    I'll be honest. This guy is sometimes quite awesome.
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  • 19 Hide
    acerace , August 30, 2012 3:30 PM
    I'll be honest. This guy is sometimes quite awesome.
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    fpoon , August 30, 2012 3:35 PM
    Or was it 4chan that was behind this?
  • 25 Hide
    pacioli , August 30, 2012 3:52 PM
    Groundbreaking stuff... Really taking on the issues that matter!
    "How do you balance family life and hobbies with, well, being the POTUS?"
    "Who's your favourite Basketball player?"
    "What is the first thing you'll do on November 7th, win or lose?"
    "What was the most difficult decision that you had to make during this term?"
    "What's the recipe for the White House's beer?"

    I'm surprised no one asked what his favorite color was...
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    aftcomet , August 30, 2012 3:59 PM
    Must be election time.
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    greghome , August 30, 2012 4:00 PM
    Quote:
    Not a surprise, Obama brings everybody down.


    Hopefully team republic eh?
    :sarcastic: 
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    tupz , August 30, 2012 4:00 PM
    He's also, surprisingly, has bad grammar. I was wondering if it was really him or an intern typing his typical everyday replies.
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    tupz , August 30, 2012 4:01 PM
    err.. He*
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    bllue , August 30, 2012 4:02 PM
    He managed to answer 9 questions in 30 min. Some people complain about that but that's about 3 min per question which I'd say isn't bad at all considering most were a bit long.
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    pacioli , August 30, 2012 4:04 PM
    bllueHe managed to answer 9 questions in 30 min. Some people complain about that but that's about 3 min per question which I'd say isn't bad at all considering most were a bit long.

    But they were stupid questions about beer, basketball, and his family.
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    tjensen_25 , August 30, 2012 4:08 PM
    tupzHe's also, surprisingly, has bad grammar. I was wondering if it was really him or an intern typing his typical everyday replies.

    An intern would have better grammar. Have you ever listened to Obama talk without a teleprompter or aid helping him...Not the smartest guy in the world. He comes in right after Bush.
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    outlw6669 , August 30, 2012 4:08 PM
    tupzHe's also, surprisingly, has bad grammar. I was wondering if it was really him or an intern typing his typical everyday replies.

    Have you read his answers or are you just talking out of your......

    http://www.reddit.com/user/PresidentObama

    Because when I read them, his grammar seemed quite good to me.

    P.S.
    To future Grammar Nazis, "He's" is a contraction of 'He' and 'is'.
    This makes your initial sentence quite grammatically incorrect:
    'He is also, surprisingly, has bad grammar.'
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    nikorr , August 30, 2012 4:28 PM
    pacioliI'm surprised no one asked what his favorite color was...


    They did already, lol
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    pacioli , August 30, 2012 4:32 PM
    The worse part is that with the situation as bad as it is in the U.S. he picked these fluffy questions out of the thousands that were asked of him...
    He thinks we are more interested in him being "a guy just like the rest of us" instead of being someone that can solve the important problems facing his constituents.
    This is why I don't respect politicians...
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    senkasaw , August 30, 2012 4:37 PM
    reddit...politics... *sigh*

    I totally have strong political opinions. Yep. But, I'm not going to share them here.

    I hate politics.
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    tupz , August 30, 2012 4:43 PM
    outlw6669Have you read his answers or are you just talking out of your......http://www.reddit.com/user/PresidentObamaBecause when I read them, his grammar seemed quite good to me.P.S.To future Grammar Nazis, "He's" is a contraction of 'He' and 'is'.This makes your initial sentence quite grammatically incorrect:'He is also, surprisingly, has bad grammar.'

    NikorrThey did already, lol


    He edited all his posts after being corrected. Yep, I'm aware. My phone auto corrected itself. This is why I made a second post, since you can't edit, stating the correction. Nice try Timmy :) 
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    DRosencraft , August 30, 2012 4:49 PM
    I'm just curious what anyone really expected he'd pick as questions. ANY politician who chooses to do something like this is obviously not going to answer complex questions about economic policy/philosophy that should otherwise take much longer than 30-min to answer. Otherwise it would be a rehash of the same thing he's repeated on the campaign trail to this point this year, or redirecting you to a link to the W.H or campaign's website for details. Anyone looking at this and expecting serious debate was fooling themselves.
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    kawininjazx , August 30, 2012 5:04 PM
    Hey Mr. Obama:
    Can you explain the hundreds of billions of our tax dollars going to failing green energy companies, many which have direct interests of many politicians?
    Why are you granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, especially since over 50% of them are on some sort of government assistance and crime among illegals is higher than ever?
    How come there has been no investigation into the 22 Navy Seals killed on that slow moving, out of date helicopter?
    You either knew the Muslim Brotherhood would take over Egypt, or you are too ignorant to have figured that out beforehand, which is it?
    And...lol boxers or briefs????@@!!!???!!??
    That is all for now.
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    Hellbound , August 30, 2012 5:13 PM
    Its Obama, he chooses the questions asked.. Don't fool yourselves..

    Mr. President.. With record job losses not seen since the great depression, current unemployment rate still hanging around 8.2%, National debt reaching a staggering 16 TRILLION.. Do you view your presidency as a success??.... lol
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