Barack Obama, the President of the United States of America, hosted an "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) thread on free teen n00dz archive Reddit today. It was a historic day: Finally, well-educated white men had the chance to question the President.
The news that Obama had taken to the internet's premier Men's Rights Activist meeting place Reddit sparked tweets of glee from internet nerds, proving they are by far the easiest of all constituencies to pander to. I mean, to appease middle American voters, candidates have to eat disgusting and health-endangering phallic fair food. All Obama has to do to make nerds swoon is sit at a MacBook like he probably does every day and log onto a website.
Unfortunately, the internet explosion took down Reddit for most of the half hour or so that Obama answered questions, leaving us all crazily refreshing the page to see if all the racists would come out. They didn't, thankfully, though I can't pretend I wasn't hoping that some presidential version of the highly entertaining Woody Harrelson AMA disaster, where Redditors hounded him about taking some random high school girls' virginity, might occur.
Instead the questions Obama addressed were all softballs, as is the case with almost all celebrity AMAs on the site. All the interesting bits came from the novelty of the format. For example, you can see the layers of Redditors' insufferability stacked like fine baklava in these threads correcting a grammatical error in Obama's answer about increasing space funding
Obama's other eight answers were mostly uninteresting campaignspeak, including one decrying the influence of super-PACS. There was a fairly interesting bit about how Obama balances his work and his home life:
It's hard - truthfully the main thing other than work is just making sure that I'm spending enough time with michelle and the girls. The big advantage I have is that I live above the store - so I have no commute! So we make sure that when I'm in DC I never miss dinner with them at 6:30 pm - even if I have to go back down to the Oval for work later in the evening. I do work out every morning as well, and try to get a basketball or golf game in on the weekends just to get out of the bubble.
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He finished with: "By the way, if you want to know what I think about this whole reddit experience - NOT BAD!" Here, our Commander in Chief, whose judgement we rely on to guide our nation in dark times, was referencing a popular Reddit meme. In fact, Alexis Ohanian told All Things Digital today that "There are quite a few redditors at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave and at the campaign HQ."
In conclusion, the internet is awesome, traditional journalism is dead, vote Romney.