#AskPOTUS is a hotdog a sandwich? This screen capture shows President Barack Obama's answers to questions posted to his twitter feed during a question and answer session hosted by the President (AP photo / Thinkstock)
#AskPOTUS is a hotdog a sandwich?
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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 for his first Q-and-A since setting up his @POTUS handle. The suggested subject from POTUS (short for President of the United States) was climate change.

Plenty of tweeps were having none of that.

Sure, there were ample questions about climate change and other 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 western conference finals. He got the boxers-or-briefs question that 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 and another was a three-parter.

Obama answered about a dozen questions in all, covering 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 and led Cleveland into this year's NBA Finals.

Obama also said he was sorry about the recent firing of 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, who was tweeting from Miami, signed off:

"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?

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COMMENTS (37)
  • Eric0221-YYCA
    6/02/2015 - 04:49 p.m.

    I think that it is cool for people to ask Potus about something that they don't know about so they would sometimes ask Potus about something that they don't know but most of the times they already know something which they don't need to as Potus about something. Well if people are asking Potus something, I think that they wanted to know something that they don't know.

  • naomib-Fit
    6/03/2015 - 07:00 p.m.

    In this article the author talks about #AskPOTUS. AskPOTUS stands for President of The United States. This twitter session allows users to ask The President questions about almost anything. The President answered a select few questions in his twitter feed. The president answered some very serious questions about topics such as climate change. He also answered some fun questions regarding his personal preferences. Overall I think this was a great idea and gave us a chance to interact more with our President.

  • KiraWvA-4
    6/03/2015 - 07:08 p.m.

    President Obama answered questions on his Twitter a few days ago, with the handle "POTUS." The questions were suggested to be about climate change, but inevitably the Q-and-A session got off track as people asked the President about basketball, cereal and jobs at the White House. The President answered about a dozen questions, skipping over the hateful or inappropriate ones, before he had to sign off. I think this was a good way to show how the President is making an effort to connect with his citizens on platforms they feel confident about, such as social media. I wish him luck and good negotiation tactics in his final months as president.

    • taylorcameron-kid
      10/08/2015 - 12:48 p.m.

      I agree,this was a great way to show he tries to connect.

  • LaurenT-5
    6/04/2015 - 12:33 a.m.

    This article is about President of the United States, Barack Obama, who just recently created a Twitter. His Twitter name is @POTUS, which stands for president of the United States. He just did a Q & A, with a topic of climate change. Many people sticked to the topic, while others asked about other random things. Questions about the Black Hawkes, his favorite cereal and some random family photos were sent to the president. The comments will be held in the Washington archive for a very long time. Obama had trouble with the 140-count character limit trying to tweet a long response to somebody. Some answer were reacted to climate change while others were just about sports. I think it is really cool that Obama is interacting with everybody on Twitter, since more people are using it. It gives him a way to interact with all sorts of people.

  • MadisonFrainbow
    6/04/2015 - 01:47 p.m.

    A lot of people think obama is a terrible president but in reality he actually was better than our lat president, he made trenedous progress with the trans gender rights movement and gay rights and all around he's a pretty okay guy. Lots of presidents cheat on the first lady or make extremely unwise decisions

  • SadieB-1
    6/04/2015 - 07:10 p.m.

    President Obama set up a #AskPOTUS, short for President of the United States, to have his first Q&A about climate change. People took the chance to ask him anything, even though their questions would stay in an official White house archive forever. Some people just sent him family pictures. He answered a lot of the questions, and as one of them asked, he did struggle with the 140 character limit because some of his tweets and three parts. He said Lebron is the the heart of the Cavs and that he loved Thibs, but he never did say if a hotdog is a sandwich. I think it would be fun to ask the President questions and I would like to answer those questions too. But I don't have a Twitter account.

  • Bentley316
    6/04/2015 - 10:09 p.m.

    This is cool! The president is engaging in social media and being heard by the people! Sure, some of the questions are pointless, it's still a great use of resources. I hope this can become a handy resources in the united States, and that it is taken more seriously. I might even download Twitter to try it...

  • AustinN-3
    6/04/2015 - 11:17 p.m.

    Obama has opened a Twitter account to raise awareness about climate change. Here, at certain times, users can tweet Obama about questions on climate change. But of course, the POTUS (President of the United States) got several other questions from questions about basketball to questions about hot dogs. Unfortunately though, Obama only answered about a dozen questions.

    This was a very interesting article. I especially enjoyed reading the list of questions that were sent to the President.

  • Nylasiab201
    6/05/2015 - 11:24 a.m.

    If I was the POTUS I would say that hot dogs are sandwiches because they have bread and you can put condiments on them.

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