The goal was to have a town hall-style discussion about the issue of climate change, and in fact, the President did receive a number of thoughtful, well-researched queries on BOTH sides of the debate, some challenging him on the basic science behind the climate change theory and others looking forward for potential solutions.
But, because Internet, a lot of people also showed up to goof around and have fun with the idea of interacting live with the most powerful man in the free world. Here are some of our favorite/least favorite off-topic #AskPOTUS questions.
Short, sweet and to the point. A major trend in the #AskPOTUS archives was citizens taking a rare, beautiful opportunity to mouth off to their military’s Commander in Chief in a controlled, safe, consequence-free environment. I’m betting the “Right Wing Raven” wasn’t really counting on a good answer to this one. (Though if the person represented by this bird of prey/ribbon avatar actually got one… what a breakthrough…)
Can we cut the president a break? He’s very busy. He’s clearly still figuring out Twitter, he’s new to the whole hashtag game, PLUS he’s trying to balance this with Vine, YouTube, even freaking Snapchat! There has to be some time left over for international diplomacy, drone strikes, golf and beer summits!
Surprisingly, questions about K-Pop came up kind of a lot. I mean, yes, sure, William Howard Taft was a super-fan, but that doesn’t mean ALL presidents have to get into Epik High.
Don’t believe me about the K-Pop thing?
Just one of the dozens of “this or that” questions people threw the president’s way. Here’s some more of the hardest binary choices Barack was asked to make this AM.
Is it, though? I’m not 100% sure I agree with the basic concept of this question.
He’s a hologram now. It’s like you guys didn’t even WATCH the Coachella livestream.
This MAY be a little harsh. At least we should have some legislation preventing them from making the marketing all about Dinobots and then only featuring them in the last 10 minutes of the movie, though. Cause that’s some BS.
Not just diarrhea. EXPLOSIVE diarrhea. Sounds funnier.
Obama does have a lot of experience working with those clowns in Congress, right?
Pauses blog post for 12 minutes to wait for everyone’s hysterical laughter to die down
Now we’re digging deep, getting to the real meat of this discussion. I’d also like to hear if Obama supports vapes on a plane. (Not the concept of people bringing vaporizers on board… the upcoming Samuel L. Jackson sequel…)
There were several video game-related questions, but this was the most timely. Sadly, no answer from Obama, who I’m betting is more of a “Skyrim” or LoL guy.
Laugh if you want, but it’s meat between bread.
And yes, I’m aware that usually a sandwich is defined as a filling between TWO pieces of bread, and a hot dog bun is one continuous piece of bread that’s just perforated to allow filling inside. But consider the open faced sandwich! No. Seriously. CONSIDER IT.
Michaelangelo’s not everyone’s favorite Ninja Turtle? But… but… he’s a party dude! What are you gonna do, go for Raph, like a jerk?
He’s for it.
Ha ha, what a stupid question! Everyone knows that it’s… I mean, because clouds… and the movement of the oceans causes…
[Opens second tab]
[Googles “what creates wind”]
Obviously, wind is caused by a difference in pressure from one area to another area on the surface of the Earth! Dumbass!
It wouldn’t be an online Q&A without this entry.
Sounds like Khloe Kardashian has some competish! Also, this paragraph is going to look awesome on my next application to write for TMZ.
Poor Shawn. This must have been a VERY confusing afternoon for him.
A frankly ASTOUNDING number of people felt compelled to make the “jet fuel can’t melt steel beams” reference to the President. Seriously, do a Twitter search for #AskPOTUS and “jet fuel” and then click on that “LIVE” button to see all the results and marvel at the Web’s ingenuity.