ObAMA
August 29, 2012 1:16 PM   Subscribe

This post was deleted for the following reason: Link to live Reddit thread while it's being crushed by the traffic is pretty much a non-starter. Maybe a round-up post later if the results are actually something interesting beyond "President says presidential things to the questions that aren't about Ron Paul or weed"? -- cortex



 
Seriously, cannot even get the page to load.

But, damn, way to be awesome.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 1:16 PM on August 29, 2012 [2 favorites]


I am liking the URL.

This feels like 2012's version of the LinkedIn and Facebook.
posted by infini at 1:18 PM on August 29, 2012


Quick everyone, ask your insightful and original questions about marijuana.
posted by 2bucksplus at 1:18 PM on August 29, 2012 [5 favorites]


And Mitt Romney is speaking to the mainframe directly in assembly language.
posted by inturnaround at 1:18 PM on August 29, 2012 [29 favorites]


I can't even get Reddit to load. Was this planned in advance?
posted by charred husk at 1:18 PM on August 29, 2012


Ok, Reddit wins.
posted by dirtdirt at 1:19 PM on August 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


Good job reddit cleared up the child porn then.
posted by jaduncan at 1:19 PM on August 29, 2012 [4 favorites]


I can't imagine this going smoothly at all but it might be fun to read through all the comments assuming it doesn't become absolute enormous within about five minutes of him actually answering questions.
posted by vuron at 1:20 PM on August 29, 2012


Yes, please hammer this guy about our drug policy. It's pretty goddamned shameful that no one wants to touch the topic with a ten foot thai stick.
posted by Burhanistan at 1:20 PM on August 29, 2012 [2 favorites]


Page is now read-only.
posted by Burhanistan at 1:21 PM on August 29, 2012


Does he prefer Twilight Sparkle or Applejack? Do he and Biden fight over which one is cooler? I heard Biden likes Applejack better. Kind of effed up imo, but that's why he's only the veep I guess.
posted by Greg Nog at 1:21 PM on August 29, 2012 [4 favorites]


How can he answer the questions if he can't load the page and read the suckers?

That's what I would like to know!
posted by bukvich at 1:21 PM on August 29, 2012


Thread's already locked to read-only due to being flooded.
posted by charred husk at 1:22 PM on August 29, 2012


And Mitt Romney is speaking to the mainframe directly in assembly language.

I'm now imagining Romney somewhere in Cloud City with his finger stuck in an electrical outlet, making R2-D2 noises.
posted by The World Famous at 1:22 PM on August 29, 2012 [6 favorites]


How did they verify that it was him? Bathroom mirror photo of today's date, "Hi Reddit!" written on his chest?
posted by jbickers at 1:23 PM on August 29, 2012 [8 favorites]


I can't believe I voted for a redditor. This is embarrassing.

MEFITE CANDIDATE 2016. LET'S MAKE IT HAPPEN.
posted by phunniemee at 1:23 PM on August 29, 2012 [16 favorites]


Perfect timing. In the middle of the Republican National Convention, the President of America goes on Reddit. I like this move.
posted by brina at 1:23 PM on August 29, 2012 [20 favorites]


As of right now, top (upvoted) questions with over 100 net upvotes:

- Increasing funds to NASA
- Internet freedom - will it be on the Dem platform
- SOPA/ACTA/etc.
- Why aren't you more actively fighting RNC voter suppression?
- How do you think the war on drugs has affected America, and would you work to end it?
posted by mightygodking at 1:23 PM on August 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


I can't imagine any politician ever answering drug policy questions with anything other than a stock answer in the US. You guys do realize he's running for President, he's not about to go "Woo let's decriminalize pot" right?
posted by vuron at 1:23 PM on August 29, 2012


jbickers, it's verified on the BarackObama twitter.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 1:24 PM on August 29, 2012


Am I just looking in the wrong place, or is he not actually answering any questions?
posted by item at 1:24 PM on August 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


I want to know if he thinks Aang should've killed Ozai.
posted by Sokka shot first at 1:24 PM on August 29, 2012 [3 favorites]


Mr. president, what's one thing you know that if told to the American public would lead to mass rioting and civil unrest - give details pls.
posted by The Whelk at 1:24 PM on August 29, 2012 [16 favorites]


I'm picturing him, in the Oval Office at a laptop, surrounded by beefy secret service guys, each at a hilariously small netbook, keeping watch.
posted by griphus at 1:24 PM on August 29, 2012 [2 favorites]


UPDATE: Hey everybody - 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.
Verification photo: http://i.imgur.com/oz0a7.jpg
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 1:25 PM on August 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


I know the prize is for best post, but honorable mention for best title?


ObAMA
posted by tilde at 1:26 PM on August 29, 2012 [16 favorites]


I heard Romney is on 9gag right now.
posted by Ad hominem at 1:26 PM on August 29, 2012 [6 favorites]


MEFITE CANDIDATE 2016. LET'S MAKE IT HAPPEN.

Thank you I'd be honored but I think a Coldchef/Scody ticket has a better chance of winning.
posted by The Whelk at 1:26 PM on August 29, 2012 [4 favorites]


item: "Am I just looking in the wrong place, or is he not actually answering any questions?"

They're giving it some time to get questions up. By waiting a bit before starting to answer, an AMA poster can let the upvote/downvote system do its work and filter the best questions to the top.
posted by specialagentwebb at 1:26 PM on August 29, 2012


> Am I just looking in the wrong place, or is he not actually answering any questions?

Looks like he'll start posting responses at 4:30 EST.
posted by Burhanistan at 1:26 PM on August 29, 2012


OMG roomthreeseventeen is Barack Obama!!!!!
posted by item at 1:26 PM on August 29, 2012 [2 favorites]


Kind of surprised the username was available.
posted by jeffmik at 1:26 PM on August 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


Weird, he keeps trying to talk about Rampart.
posted by starman at 1:27 PM on August 29, 2012 [14 favorites]


If it wasn't: eminent domain username.
posted by griphus at 1:28 PM on August 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


Looks like he'll start posting responses at 4:30 EST.

Pushed back to 4:45 if he discovers gonewild.
posted by jeffmik at 1:28 PM on August 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


YESSSSS SOMEONE ASKED ABOUT AREA 51
DODGE THAT ONE, YOU EXTRATERRESTRIAL-HIDING LIBERAL
posted by Greg Nog at 1:28 PM on August 29, 2012 [17 favorites]


Ill check the thread later, mainly for shittywatercolor's rendition of Barack Obama redditing like fucking president.
posted by Ad hominem at 1:28 PM on August 29, 2012 [2 favorites]


WOW! Cool!
posted by zarq at 1:28 PM on August 29, 2012


Matt, I assume you've emailed Barack a guest account?
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 1:28 PM on August 29, 2012 [7 favorites]


I heard Romney is on 9gag right now.

Yeah, we already knew he was cancer.
posted by loquacious at 1:28 PM on August 29, 2012


Photo proof
posted by crunchland at 1:29 PM on August 29, 2012


I heard Romney is on 9gag right now.

Palin is on...all the sites.
posted by jaduncan at 1:29 PM on August 29, 2012


i am so just ... well, i don't even know what to say.

it's really kinda cool and unexpected. hell of a publicity stunt.

they'd never be able to let romney do this all alone with his laptop to do this like in the pic of obama his twitter feed posted.

but i'm still going to assume staffers are actually helping with this by picking questions or something.

wow, just wow.
posted by sio42 at 1:29 PM on August 29, 2012


This is really awesome.
posted by odinsdream at 1:29 PM on August 29, 2012


Verification photo: http://i.imgur.com/oz0a7.jpg
This photo verifies nothing, he could be on Digg for all Reddit knows. (And the Reddit AMA is the top Digg story, btw).
posted by Llama-Lime at 1:29 PM on August 29, 2012 [2 favorites]


Wow, that's basically the expression one has three seconds before a facepalm.
posted by griphus at 1:30 PM on August 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


Nope, no response on the page when trying to upvote good questions (over the "Whoa! Legalize weed now!" noise).
posted by wenestvedt at 1:30 PM on August 29, 2012


Verification photo: http://i.imgur.com/oz0a7.jpg

Hey, what's the sparkly blue thing over the Apple logo on that MacBook?
posted by wenestvedt at 1:31 PM on August 29, 2012


Honestly hell of a way to generate a fuckton of free publicity during the RNC convention. Romney's campaign just seems 2 steps behind all day erry day.
posted by vuron at 1:31 PM on August 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


Now, really, if you had one thing to say to Barack Obama, would you really say just the word “Gay.” Welcome to reddit, Mr. President.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 1:31 PM on August 29, 2012 [2 favorites]


Hey, what's the sparkly blue thing over the Apple logo on that MacBook?

I don't want to say too much, but you saw the Iron Man series right?
posted by jaduncan at 1:31 PM on August 29, 2012 [2 favorites]


642 down votes. So that's the number of Republicans on Reddit?
posted by charred husk at 1:32 PM on August 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


Man, the Advise Animal macros this generates will be legion.
posted by The Whelk at 1:32 PM on August 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


He just answered his first question, and it's pretty much just PR speak, but what the hell, this is pretty cool.
posted by sonmi at 1:32 PM on August 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


I'm not too familiar with how Reddit works. How can make sure the President sees the jpeg of tubgirl I send him?
posted by item at 1:32 PM on August 29, 2012 [5 favorites]


Can someone copy/paste for those of us who can't get in?
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 1:33 PM on August 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


Now, get them to let Biden do it ...
posted by jbickers at 1:33 PM on August 29, 2012 [3 favorites]


i can't get reddit to load at all. the POTUS crashed the tubes!
posted by sio42 at 1:33 PM on August 29, 2012


Well, in seriousness, I hope this is part of a push for more voter regimentation and ...actual voting among the AMA demos.
posted by The Whelk at 1:33 PM on August 29, 2012


I like how this is running concurrently with Starburns' AMA. No irony intended. I really like this.
posted by Sticherbeast at 1:33 PM on August 29, 2012 [2 favorites]


Would like to see him talk about all the bullshit claims of voter fraud.
posted by Burhanistan at 1:34 PM on August 29, 2012


Hey, what's the sparkly blue thing over the Apple logo on that MacBook?

I think it's an Obama logo sticker.
posted by jedicus at 1:34 PM on August 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


And although their will be occasional disagreements on the details of various legislative proposals

*there
posted by dephlogisticated at 1:34 PM on August 29, 2012


I feel bad that this is totally upstaging Starburns' concurrent AMA.
posted by dfan at 1:34 PM on August 29, 2012 [4 favorites]


How can make sure the President sees the jpeg of tubgirl I send him?

He's got people to protect him. Didn't you see that Clint Eastwood movie, In the Line of Shit?
posted by condour75 at 1:35 PM on August 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


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