U.S. President Barack Obama took time out of his busy schedule to answers citizens’ questions for half an hour online at reddit.com on Wednesday beginning at 4:30 p.m.
As a part of his introduction, President Obama expressed his concerns for those directly impacted by Hurricane Isaac.
“We are going to be coordinating with state and local officials to make sure that we give families everything they need to recover,” he said.
Other plans include: rebuilding infrastructure, investing in science, promoting all-American energy sources and reducing the deficit which would cut spending and make taxes higher for those who make more than $250,000 per year.
“My plans would lay the foundation for long term growth for your generation, and for generations to follow,” he said.
Obama also detailed plans to go after the super-PACs (Political Action Committees) that have contributed a record amount of money into this year’s presidential campaign.
“They fundamentally threaten to overwhelm the political process over the long run and drown out the voices of ordinary citizens,” Obama wrote.
Obama explained that this would require passage of the DISCLOSE act, which, according to the President, would require disclosure of contributions to political campaigns, and the overturning of the Citizens United ruling by the Supreme Court, a 2010 ruling that led to these super-PACs.
The President also explained that the decision to send more forces into Afghanistan was the most difficult decision to make during this term.
“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,” Obama wrote. “But knowing of the heroes that have fallen is something you never forget.”
When asked about space exploration, the President wrote that the U.S. remaining in the lead for space exploration is “a big priority for my administration.”
“The key is to make sure that we invest in cutting edge research that can take us to the next level,” Obama wrote, “so even as we continue work with the international space station, we are focused on a potential mission to (an) asteroid as a prelude to a manned Mars flight.”
While many questions focused around the campaign, some were also curious about other things not related to politics, such as who the President’s favorite basketball player is.
“Jordan,” the President wrote, “I’m a Bulls guy.”
Obama’s complete question and answer session, known as an “AMA” – Ask Me Anything, can be accessed at this link: