President Obama Does Reddit AMA, Wins Internet
Barack Obama took the Internet by storm yesterday, making a surprise visit to the popular social news site Reddit, and participating in an open interview with community members for an hour. The interview offered a surprising mix of substance and fun answers.
The unannounced AMA (Ask Me Anything) left site moderators understandably skeptical about the identity of the man claiming to be the president. But a personal tweet from the president’s verified Twitter account convinced everyone. The conversation then crashed the site for some of the evening, as hundreds of thousands of viewers tried to access it at the same time.
Obama’s most popular comment was in response to a question about how he would address the effect of money on elections. In addition to praising the Disclose Act currently in Congress, Obama made the somewhat surprising move to endorse a Constitutional amendment overriding the Citizens United Supreme Court decision. Though Obama’s (and many American’s) displeasure with the decision has long been known, it has unleashed unusual amounts of criticism between the Court and the President.
Obama also fielded questions about his favorite basketball player (Jordan) and how he balances work and life (with difficulty).
If anyone should be upset, it’s Dino Stamatopoulos. The veteran comedy writer and current star of NBC’s Community (as Starburns) was scheduled to do an AMA at the exact same time, before the leader of the free world stole all his thunder.