President Obama Answers Questions on Reddit
Further proof that the media and how are leaders communicate with us is changing in Americas as President Obama joined the internet community Reddit this afternoon and does a “AMA” or ask me anything session with its users.
Just after 3 o’clock this afternoon the thread was started on the Reddit homepage with the photo above of the president sitting in front of a laptop taking questions.
The president posted this statement before the discussion got underway, “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.”
Here is a sample of some of the questions being asked and the answers given by Obama:
Q: We know how Republicans feel about protecting Internet Freedom. Is Internet Freedom an issue you’d push to add to the Democratic Party’s 2012 platform?
A: 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 there 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.
Q: Are you considering increasing funds to the space program?
A: 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.