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Barack Obama goes on Reddit, Twitter rejoices with praise and Romney jokes

Barack Obama and the Not Bad image best known for the meme of the same name.

President Barack Obama took to one of the most popular web sites on the web Wednesday and stole a lot of the thunder away from the Republican convention.

Simply by being on the site embraced by young people won over many would-be voters who they expressed their admiration on Twitter, deeming his appearance a "full win".

Not only were Obama supporters able to crack jokes about Mitt Romney ("To counter Obama's AMA on reddit, Romney has just opened a MySpace page", "Obama raises support by holding 'Ask Me Anything" on Reddit; Romney buys Reddit') but the incumbant was able to quickly energize a part of his base that many felt could abandon him in November.

One way he was able to show that he was still the young ray of hope that college-aged voters backed in 2008 was when Obama referenced the "Not Bad" Internet meme that poked fun of one of his expressions.


Barack Obama answers questions from Reddit users despite technical issues

President Barack Obama answering questions on Reddit on Wednesday.

Barack Obama surprised the web Wednesday when he suddenly appeared on a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" thread.

"Hi, I’m Barack Obama, President of the United States. Ask me anything," he wrote on the site. Within minutes he had over 1,000 questions and the site was forced to switch over to read-only mode as technicians tweaked the overwhelmed servers.

Once things were relatively back to normal the commander-in-chief began answering questions.

"What was the most difficult decision that you had to make during this term?" reddit user FifthSurprise posed.

"The decision to surge our forces in afghanistan," Obama replied. "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. The decision did help us blunt the taliban's momentum, and is allowing us to transition to afghan lead - so we will have recovered that surge at the end of this month, and will end the war at the end of 2014. But knowing of the heroes that have fallen is something you never forget," the president added, seeming comfortable eschewing capitalization of words - a style often seen on the web and on Reddit in particular.