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#1 Edited by Milkman (17846 posts) -

I'm not really a fan of Reddit by any means but this is insane. Barack Obama will be doing an Ask Me Anything here in about 15 minutes. We live in a strange world.

#2 Posted by Video_Game_King (36566 posts) -

There are potential political points to be gained from this, and I imagine this type of thing would be controlled well enough that it won't be people spamming Internet stuff.

#3 Edited by CookieMonster (2490 posts) -

I have a feeling it may not end well.

#4 Edited by believer258 (12703 posts) -

An Ask Me Anything? Did I get that acronym right?

If so, where the fuck is my popcorn?

EDIT: I've got to know if he played that copy of The Witcher 2.

#5 Posted by Giantstalker (1873 posts) -

... I'm not sure the world is ready for this. Or the internet, at the very least. Reddit for sure.

#6 Posted by BonOrbitz (2398 posts) -

I don't belie- *clicks link*

We're in for a show kid.

#7 Posted by Bocam (3977 posts) -

@believer258 said:

An Ask Me Anything? Do I got that acronym right?

If so, where the fuck is my popcorn?

It's right here. You better get this deer? away from it.

#8 Posted by MikkaQ (10296 posts) -

Man that's a pretty big show of confidence on Obama's part. Then again his competition's a joke so i wouldn't be too stressed if I were him.

#9 Posted by MentalDisruption (1732 posts) -

This has piqued my interest.

#10 Posted by Milkman (17846 posts) -

One of the questions I've seen so far:

"Would you rather fight 100 duck-sized horses or 1 horse-sized duck?"

The internet is already coming through!

#11 Posted by jonnyboy (2867 posts) -

Next week: Romney 'Show me Anything' on Chatroulette.

#12 Posted by FreakAche (3023 posts) -

I frequent Reddit, but I still like to mock their self-importance. However, this seems to lend them a ton of credibility.

#13 Posted by CaLe (4219 posts) -

Website is down for me, but how do these things work? Like a liveblog that auto-updates?

#14 Posted by Milkman (17846 posts) -

It seems the site is down.

THANKS OBAMA

#15 Posted by AlexanderSheen (5148 posts) -

Bat or knife?

#16 Posted by George_Hukas (1319 posts) -

#17 Posted by EuanDewar (5143 posts) -

Wonder if he browses r/deadwomen or whatever that fuckin thing is called

#18 Edited by mlarrabee (3209 posts) -

I'm curious, is there any proof that this is actually Barack Obama?

It's not hard to link to a Twitter page and post a Google image search result, and since I NEVER use Twitter I've no idea if that's actually a legitimate Twitter account.

The fact that "barack" isn't capitalized in the update makes me even more suspicious.

#19 Posted by intoblivion (346 posts) -

@EuanDewar said:

Wonder if he browses r/deadwomen or whatever that fuckin thing is called

I don't know if i'm laughing because i'm a sick fuck who thinks deadwomen are funny, or because I know there's probably a page about it on reddit. Crazy internet.

#20 Posted by CaLe (4219 posts) -

@mlarrabee said:

I'm curious, is there any proof that this is actually Barack Obama?

It's not hard to link to a Twitter page and post Google image search result, and since I NEVER use Twitter I've no idea if that's actually a legitimate Twitter account.

The fact that "barack" isn't capitalized in the update makes me even more suspicious.

The twitter account is verified, which means it's him.

#21 Posted by the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG (4311 posts) -

Good luck to him, that website looks really ugly

#22 Posted by Bwast (1376 posts) -

It's not like he's going to answer real questions. He'll cherry pick softballs and hope to snatch up a few votes from basement dwellers and ignoramuses who didn't even care about the election to begin with.

#23 Posted by falserelic (5721 posts) -

For a second I thought the title said MMA...

#24 Edited by the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG (4311 posts) -

How about we post some of his responses because that cluster fuck of a site isnt doing any justice

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.

 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.

Jordan - I'm a Bulls guy.

#25 Posted by CL60 (17120 posts) -

@mlarrabee said:

I'm curious, is there any proof that this is actually Barack Obama?

It's not hard to link to a Twitter page and post a Google image search result, and since I NEVER use Twitter I've no idea if that's actually a legitimate Twitter account.

The fact that "barack" isn't capitalized in the update makes me even more suspicious.

It's a Twitter account marked as Verified. Verified accounts are reserved for well known people who can prove it's actually them.

#26 Edited by CaLe (4219 posts) -

@the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG said:

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.

........ I am disappoint.

#27 Edited by Gamer_152 (14282 posts) -

I feel like it shouldn't be that mind-blowing that a major world leader is displaying that they can genuinely use the internet to interact with other human beings, but this is actually pretty exciting. A shame that Reddit's still down.

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#28 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19816 posts) -
#29 Posted by MentalDisruption (1732 posts) -

Anyone else reading the responses in Obama's voice without actually meaning to?

#30 Edited by Mahonay (841 posts) -

@MentalDisruption said:

Anyone else reading the responses in Obama's voice without actually meaning to?

YES. It's impossible not to.

Most distinguishable presidential voice since JFK.

#31 Posted by Ravenlight (8057 posts) -

I'll be interested to see if any controversial issues are touched on or any meaningful statements made or if this is just glad-handing the internet crowd.

@MentalDisruption said:

Anyone else reading the responses in Obama's voice without actually meaning to?

Yes. Took me a minute to realize I was doing it.

#32 Posted by MariachiMacabre (7097 posts) -

I'm really impressed with the civility and respect he's being shown. Some rightfully tough questions too but he's being given the respect his office deserves.

#33 Posted by Giantstalker (1873 posts) -

@Gamer_152 said:

I feel like it shouldn't be that mind-blowing that a major world leader is displaying that they can genuinely use the internet to interact with other human beings, but this is actually pretty exciting. A shame that Reddit's still down.

It shouldn't feel mind blowing, but then I try to imagine Stephen Harper doing the same thing.

#34 Posted by BeachThunder (13087 posts) -

Ugh, Reddit is such an ugly site; regardless, it's always interesting seeing well-known people use the internets :o

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#35 Posted by Milkman (17846 posts) -
@CaLe said:

@the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG said:

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.

........ I am disappoint.

#36 Posted by FourWude (2274 posts) -

PR releases to questions that have probably been filtered and moderated beforehand is really no different to standard White House press releases. Except he's doing it online. Welcome to 1997.

#37 Posted by Tim_the_Corsair (3053 posts) -

Cool that this is happening, but Christ Reddit is hideous.

#38 Posted by psylah (2272 posts) -

I won't believe it until he posts a picture of "Sup 4chan" written on his hand.

#39 Posted by A_Talking_Donkey (264 posts) -

I can't wait for Fox news to point out the president's spelling mistakes.

#40 Posted by CaLe (4219 posts) -

@Milkman: I didn't correct him. I just expressed my disappointment.

#41 Posted by EuanDewar (5143 posts) -
@intoblivion Dude reddit is full of shit like that, until a few months ago there was subreddits dedicated to fuckin child porn, when they were taken down people complained it was "violating their freedom". Scummy fuckin site
#42 Posted by GS_Dan (1430 posts) -

@MariachiMacabre said:

I'm really impressed with the civility and respect he's being shown. Some rightfully tough questions too but he's being given the respect his office deserves.

Reddit is pretty good in that way. If you stick to the popular posts and articles then the majority of visible comments are fairly decent thanks to the voting system.

#43 Posted by ShadowConqueror (3239 posts) -

Fucking amazing.

#44 Posted by AiurFlux (921 posts) -

Just seems like more generic, "This is part of my platform that I'll never really institute because history has already shown that I, and many other world leaders throughout history, are full of shit."

I'm sorry but when you cut funding to one of the most influential and scientifically important divisions of your country, the same division that has allowed us to peer 14 billion years back in time and also to the center of galaxies, in favor of banking fuckfaces keeping their cushy paycheck while people are forced to foreclose on their house all I see is someone that's full of shit. And that's not to even get on to some of the bills he's passed that allow the government to detain citizens without due process.

However, as someone outside of the US, I still think Obama would be better than Romney. Go with the devil you know and all that...

#45 Posted by PeasantAbuse (5094 posts) -

@Milkman said:

@CaLe said:

@the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG said:

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.

........ I am disappoint.

Haha, this is awesome.

#46 Posted by NTM (8290 posts) -

The thing I find funniest is at the end of it, Obama says "By the way, if you want to know what I think about this whole reddit experience - NOT BAD!" Yeah right.

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#47 Posted by Chuggsy (575 posts) -
@EuanDewar said:
@intoblivion Dude reddit is full of shit like that, until a few months ago there was subreddits dedicated to fuckin child porn, when they were taken down people complained it was "violating their freedom". Scummy fuckin site
I'm not about to be a reddit apologist, but calling the site scummy is ridiculous. There are parts that are disgusting and terrible, but that's what the subreddits are for. For example, I only subscribe to r/ska, r/corgis, r/space etc. They have a couple thousand users each and I never even see any of the normal front page shit. No memes or politics or anything.
#48 Posted by ThePickle (4266 posts) -

I'm still holding out for a Rick Santorum AMA.

#49 Posted by doosmacleod (190 posts) -

@psylah said:

I won't believe it until he posts a picture of "Sup 4chan" written on his hand.

Or puts a shoe on his head.

#50 Posted by NlGHTCRAWLER (1219 posts) -

Why are you garbage?