President Barack Obama made an unexpected appearance on the popular online forum Reddit.com today for an “ask me anything” session, where he fielded questions from the depths of the Internet on everything from college affordability to the White House beer recipe.
At its peak, the visit drew more than 200,000 people simultaneously who were reading, asking or voting on questions, according to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian. Queries included the most difficult decision he’s made as president (“to surge our forces” in Afghanistan) and how he balances work and family (“when I’m in DC I never miss dinner with them at 6:30 pm”).
Now, Ohanian says it’s Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s turn to face an Internet audience.
“He came out so strongly against SOPA during that CNN Republican candidate debate that it’s clear he too wants Internet freedom for Americans,” Ohanian said in an e-mail, referring to the Stop Online Piracy Act that Reddit opposed. “What better way to show it then to do a Reddit interview with the Internet public?”
Ohanian said there are plenty of users of Reddit at the White House and that it took just a little bugging to get them to put Obama to the task. Harper Reed, chief technology officer of the president’s 2012 campaign, has been a “huge advocate,” Ohanian said.
So Romney, your thoughts? The Internet is waiting.