President Barack Obama on Wednesday became the first commander in chief to appear on the website that bills itself as "the front page of the Internet," drowning it in traffic and offering responses to 10 of over 10,000 comments and questions submitted.
Becoming the first president to use the popular Internet meme-engine and news hub Reddit Wednesday, Barack Obama's "Ask Me Anything" appearance caused the site to crash repeatedly.
He took questions ranging from one about money in politics (he proposed a constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United case that green-lighted super PACs) to one on small-business measures (he plugged his tax and jobs plans) to the beer being brewed in the White House ("It is tasty!")
But, while some of those questions were among the most "upvoted" or highly rated by Reddit users, many of the forum's more provocative and popular questions went unanswered; for example, questions about the administration's failure to close Guantanamo Bay, its embrace of drones for national security operations, and the war on drugs did not receive a response
Obama opened the Internet Q&A session with condolences for the victims of the ongoing storm in the gulf region. "I do want to say that our thoughts and prayers are with folks who are dealing with Hurricane Isaac in the Gulf," he typed. "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."