9 #AskPOTUS Questions President Obama Should Have Answered
President Barack Obama spent Thursday afternoon on Twitter, answering questions from people who tweeted using the hashtag #AskPOTUS. Though he only answered a handful of questions, he covered a wide variety of topics, from health care to gun control to basketball. The president participated in the event while visiting McKinley High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for a town hall that morning, according to the Advocate. There are a number of questions Obama didn't answer during #AskPOTUS, though, and some that definitely deserved some air time.
All told, Obama answered nine tweets. When asked how to make college more affordable, Obama suggested expanding Pell grants, capping loan repayments, and making community college free. When confronted with a complaint about former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, he deftly replied with praise for the new governor, John Bel Edwards (classy). When asked to pick favorites between Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, and Lebron James, Obama, a former senator of Illinois, chose Jordan, and also had good things to say about Louisiana State University freshman Ben Simmons. Imagine getting a shout-out by the president at only 19 years old! Lucky guy.
Obama was also asked what his greatest presidential memory was, and he responded that it was the night that the Affordable Care Act passed. He said he was standing on the Truman balcony with his staff, thinking about how they had just helped millions of Americans. I love how he always gives credit where credit is due! A few more choice tweets:
despite court cases like citizens united ill work with orgs/states across US to find new ways 2 reduce $ in politics https://t.co/fuTdewJcyh— President Obama (@POTUS) January 14, 2016
new power plant rule reduces biggest source of CO2; now we need to invest in clean energy tech, energy efficiency. https://t.co/gQg3FEHXxo— President Obama (@POTUS) January 14, 2016
health care inflation lowest in decades since ACA passed; problem is more costs passed to workers thru copays, etc. https://t.co/ElBcrjxa6L— President Obama (@POTUS) January 14, 2016
But what about the questions he didn't answer? I combed through the hastag and found a few well-deserving tweets that urgently need to be addressed:
Great question! It's so important for young people to vote, but it can be hard to make sense of all the candidates and issues. Heck, sometimes I still don't trust myself to vote in primaries. Mand bro, if you're out there, I recommend starting with the website ISideWith.com.
What Can't You Do?
Will You Please Stay Forever?
#askpotus if you could run a 3rd time, would you ?— Pam Middlebrook (@ptmiddlebrook) January 14, 2016
Obama did actually bring this up last July, when he spoke in Ethiopia. While he thinks he could win if he was constitutionally allowed to seek a third term, he's not interested. "I'm looking forward to life after being president," he told the crowd. "I can go take a walk. I can spend time with my family." He does deserve some rest, after all.
Who Are Rey's Parents?
Come on, you know Obama has thoughts on this matter. Is she a Skywalker? A Kenobi? Maybe she's Qui-Gon's great-great-niece?
What About The Teachers?
This is a very disturbing graphic. My son's kindergarten teacher was so awesome, she still gets chased down for hugs by me, him, and everyone else who has ever known her. Teachers change lives. They shape the future. And they get paid jack for it. How can we fix that?
I never would have thought to ask this, but now I'm so curious! Whip or no whip? Iced or hot? Splenda or the real deal?
Can We Not Frack, Please?
I still don't get how fracking — drilling into the earth's core to extract natural resources at the cost of serious environmental damage — is legal, tbh.
What About Student Loan Debt?
#ASKPOTUS when you make community college free will you also be forgiving all federal student loans that paid for community college— Rachael Jones (@WvRachael) January 14, 2016
I am not an economist, so I don't know if there's a way to make this happen, but I hope there is.