If anyone has ever complained that politicians are too inaccessible for the laymen whose voices go unheard, hold thy tongues. Though not the first prominent individual to do so, President Obama is participating in a popular social media Q&A forum known as an AMA (“Ask Me Anything”). Originating on the social networking website and self-proclaimed “Front Page of the Internet,” known as Reddit, the democratized interviewing system has attracted such frequent users as comedian Ricky Gervais, Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, film composer Hans Zimmer (The Dark Knight Rises), journalist Joe Klein and a host of other popular and notorious writers, journalists, directors, actors, activists, etc.
Reddit does require user accounts for commenting and submission of posts, however, once created, anyone may comment and ask questions. The popularity of the comments and questions is determined by the “upvotes” and “downvotes” of other users.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 29, 2012
But only minutes after setting up the AMA session, the site is currently too burdened by traffic to load the page. Pictured above is currently the image on the screen of anyone trying to access the link.
The responses are forthcoming. At the top of the thread as of the dateline:
Responding to questions about the poor employment outlook for recent college graduates, an issue many graduating Steinbrenner students will face in only a matter of years:
Because of our student loan bill, we are lowering the debt burdens that young people have to carry. But the key for your future, and all our futures, is an economy that is growing and creating solid middle class jobs – and that’s why the choice in this election is so important. I want to keep promoting advanced manufacturing that will bring jobs back to America, promote all-American energy sources (including wind and solar), keep investing in education and make college more affordable, rebuild our infrastructure, invest in science, and reduce our deficit in a balanced way with prudent spending cuts and higher taxes on folks making more than $250,000/year.
Kyle Dunn / Editor in Chief