President Obama made a surprise appearance in a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” thread as part of the President’s campaign stop in Charlottesville, Virginia.  The traffic caused by this event caused the popular site to experience outages.

“I was sitting in [the University of Virginia’s] Alderman Library when I came up with the name ‘Reddit,’ and I never could’ve imagined that seven years later, the president of the United States would be using it — let alone from the same place!” said Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian.

Significant to Reddit and everyone who uses the Internet for their business, the President fielded a question on Internet freedom and what his polices were. “Internet freedom is something I know you all care passionately about; I do too,” responded Obama. “We will fight hard to make sure that the Internet remains the open forum for everybody – from those who are expressing an idea to those to want to start a business. And although there will be occasional disagreements on the details of various legislative proposals, I won’t stray from that principle – and it will be reflected in the platform.”

Obama has done many social media trysts during his Presidency, participating in a Twitter town hall, a LinkedIn townhall, and also answered Facebook users’ questions from the company’s headquarters.

“I want to thank everybody at Reddit for participating – this is an example of how technology and the internet can empower the sorts of conversations that strengthen our democracy over the long run. AND REMEMBER TO VOTE IN NOVEMBER – if you need to know how to register, go to {link no longer active}. By the way, if you want to know what I think about this whole Reddit experience – NOT BAD!” said the President in farewell.

Source: Washington Post