Give people a chance to pop a question to POTUS and they'll take the invitation and run with it.
President Barack Obama has taken to Twitter. He answered questions for the first time since setting up his @POTUS handle. The suggested subject from POTUS was climate change.
By the way, POTUS is short for President of the United States.
Plenty of tweeps were having none of that, however.
Sure, there were ample questions about climate change. And others on serious subjects such as trade and education. But others asked the president about everything from his favorite breakfast cereal to the Blackhawks' chances in the NHL playoffs. He got the boxers-or-briefs question, too. That one once tripped up President Bill Clinton. And someone even sent him family photos no question attached.
(It's always wise to use good judgment when you post comments to the Internet. In fact, those that tweet the president should be aware that their messages will live in an official White House archive forever, reports The Washington Post.)
Here is a small assortment of the deluge of tweets to Obama (skipping over the inevitable hateful and inappropriate stuff):
#AskPOTUS is a hotdog a sandwich?
@POTUS Mr. President, will there be opportunities in the future to intern/work at the White House? #I'minterested #AskPOTUS #I'm18now
@POTUS #AskPOTUS have you ever watched bee movie?
#AskPOTUS open spot in fantasy football this year, you in? POTUS
The real question to #AskPOTUS who you got? @cavs or @warriors?
#askPOTUS do you own a pair of jordans
@POTUS Are you struggling with the 140 character limit when answering these questions?
Well, yes, the president did have issues with the 140-character thing. One of his answers was a two-part tweet. Another was a three-parter.
Obama answered about a dozen questions in all. He covered climate change, Arctic drilling, trade and education. And, as an avid basketball fan, he bit on two sports queries:
"The heart of the Cavs is Lebron," Obama told one questioner. LeBron James returned to the Cavaliers in 2014. He led Cleveland into this year's NBA Finals.
Obama also said he was sorry about the recent firing of Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau.
"Love Thibs and think he did a great job. Sorry to see him go but expect he will be snatched up soon by another team," Obama said.
And then Obama signed off: He had been tweeting from Miami.
"Thanks for the questions! This was fun. I've got to run, but let's do it again soon. Tell me what you're doing to #ActOnClimate."
Critical thinking challenge: Why might the president have struggled with the 140 character limit when answering questions?