President Obama surprises social media users by answering questions on the website Reddit

"Hi, I'm Barack Obama, President of the United States. Ask me anything. I'll be taking your questions for half an hour starting at about 4:30 ET." President Barack Obama began a Q&A session Wednesday afternoon on the social media site Reddit just like that.

The site's moderators quickly confirmed that it was indeed the President's account by posting a link to Obama's verified Twitter account.

Then, the President took advantage of the 'Ask Me Anything' feature by answering a wide range of questions. He responded to citizens about the economy, the election and Nasa.

President Obama also used the platform to endorse Internet Freedom. "We will fight hard to make sure that the internet remains the open forum for everybody - from those who are expressing an idea to those to want to start a business," President Obama wrote.

The President even took time to answer the not-so-serious questions -- like when someone wanted to know the recipe for the White House beer. "It will be out soon! I can tell from first hand experience, it is tasty," the President responded.

The President ended the Q&A session with this post:

"LAST UPDATE: I need to get going so I'm back in DC in time for dinner. But I want to thank everybody at reddit for participating - this is an example of how technology and the internet can empower the sorts of conversations that strengthen our democracy over the long run. AND REMEMBER TO VOTE IN NOVEMBER - if you need to know how to register, go to By the way, if you want to know what I think about this whole reddit experience - NOT BAD!"

Meanwhile, social media is playing a major role at the Republican National Convention. For more on how to follow the action from the convention floor from your smartphone or computer, click here .

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