The president answered ten questions from users of the social news website Reddit yesterday ranging from the mundane to the serious.
The news from the interview, which the president did from Charlottesville, Virginia, at the end of a two-day campaign swing, was his response to a question from Reddit user suzmerk who asked, “What are you going to do to end the corrupting influence of money in politics during your second term?”
Obama’s answer: I will “seriously consider” a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United, the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 decision that removed limits on campaign spending by corporations and unions.
“Even if the amendment process falls short, it can shine a spotlight of the super-PAC phenomenon and help apply pressure for change,” he said, in a nod to voter’s concerns about the growing influence of outside money in presidential elections.
On its website Reddit says that at the beginning of the year it had roughly 34 million visitors a month. Obama’s visit yesterday clogged up the site, making it difficult to sift through thousands of comments and questions. The site allowed the president to pick and choose which questions he wanted to answer.
Another heavy question came from FifthSurprise: “What was the most difficult decision that you had to make during this term?”
Obama’s response: The troop surge in Afghanistan.
“Any time you send our brave men and women into battle, you know that not everyone will come home safely, and that necessarily weighs heavily on you.”
There were lighter moments too during the roughly thirty minute q and a session, like this one from user karlfranks: “Who’s your favorite basketball player?” The president’s response: “Jordan – I’m a Bulls guy.”
And this from silent1mezzo: “What’s the recipe for the White House’s beer?”
Obama’s response: “It will be out soon! I can tell from first hand experience, it is tasty.”
As of 11:09 a.m. EST this morning there were 23,056 comments posted on the president’s page.