n history, today will be known as the the day geeks officially inherited the earth — or at least the presidential campaign.
President Obama surprised just about everyone today when he announced via his official Twitter that he would be participating in an AMA (ask me anything) for the website reddit. AMA is basically a live chat where anyone can submit a question and then other users vote your post up or down and then the participant answers the questions from the top vote-getters.
Obama participated in the chat — which he called “an example of how technology and the internet can empower the sorts of conversations that strengthen our democracy over the long run” — for about a half hour. He opened with, “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.”
Obama responded to the unofficial slogan of the Internet – pics or it didn’t happen – by uploading the photo above to prove his identity. You can check out the full convo over on reddit, and click below to read some of the buzziest responses.
Is Internet Freedom an issue you’d push to add to the Democratic Party’s 2012 platform?
What was the most difficult decision that you had to make during this term?
Who’s your favourite Basketball player?
(Question summarized) I’m a recent grad and I’m unemployed. How will you help?
While the President didn’t say anything you wouldn’t expect to hear at a campaign rally (save for a promise of White House beer), it was certainly a presidential first. And he wrapped up his chat by reminding everyone to vote in November. His final thought? “By the way, if you want to know what I think about this whole reddit experience – NOT BAD!”
So there you have it. The first Internet town square (save for those YouTube Debates). In the meantime, let’s talk about that verification photo. His serious expression and near-bare walls are asking for a caption. What’s he doing, besides answering questions? Reading the latest on Rob/Kristen? Writing a Mac product review? Updating his job resume? (ooph) Caption contest in the comments!