President Barack Obama logged into the social media website Reddit on Wednesday to participate in an “I am… ask me anything” (IAmA) thread.
The thread quickly filled with questions. There were over 500 comments in less than 15 minutes and it now has thousands. Reddit moderators and the Obama campaign have confirmed the authenticity of the thread.
“Hey, everyone: I’ll be taking your questions online today. Ask yours here,” the President tweeted.
“Are you considering increasing funds to the space program?” one user asked.
“Making sure we stay at the forefront of space exploration is a big priority for my administration,” Obama replied. “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.”
Though many Reddit users praised the President’s encouraging response, others noted that he hadn’t actually answered the question. “He may be President but he’s still a politician,” one user quipped.
Obama also vowed to “make sure that the internet remains the open forum for everybody” and decried the influence of money in politics.
All of the President’s responses on Reddit can be read here. Reddit has received a flood of traffic due to Obama’s thread, making it difficult for some people to access the website.
[Obama on Reddit courtesy of Obama for America – California]
Here are 7 wild, bizarre and pathetic moments from Trump’s ‘campaign launch’
On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump held a rally that was billed as the official launch his re-election campaign — though he has never really stopped holding campaign rallies.
As expected, the president ranted, lied, and engaged in the raucous attacks that are central to his connection with Republican voters. Some of it was actually just sad, such as his continued obsession with Hillary Clinton.
Here are seven of the wildest, disturbing and pathetic moments from the rally:
1. He said Democrats "want to destroy our country as we know it."
Trump casually accuses Democrats of "want[ing] to destroy you and they want to destroy our country as we know it." pic.twitter.com/4K79KlbEeR
British PM candidates clash over Brexit as Boris Johnson skips debate
Candidates to become Britain's next prime minister clashed over Brexit strategy at their first debate on Sunday but the frontrunner, Boris Johnson, dodged the confrontation.
The 90-minute debate on Channel 4 featured the five remaining candidates and an empty podium for Johnson, the gaffe-prone former foreign secretary and former mayor of London.
In sometimes ill-tempered exchanges, four of the five candidates said they would seek to renegotiate the draft Brexit divorce deal agreed with Brussels even though EU leaders have repeatedly ruled this out.
Michael Cohen ordered back to Congress on March 6
President Donald Trump's so-called "fixer" is being asked to return to Congress for more questioning on March 6.
Outside of the closed-door committee hearing Thursday, Cohen said that the House Intelligence Committee is seeking further information, according to Washington Examiner writer Byron York.
Michael Cohen finished closed-door testimony before House Intel Committee, says he's coming back for another session March 6. Again: No reason for secrecy. Transcripts should be released ASAP.
— Byron York (@ByronYork) February 28, 2019