WASHINGTON – Give people a chance to pop a question to POTUS, and they’ll take the invitation and run with it.
President Barack Obama took to Twitter on Thursday for his first Q-and-A since setting up his @POTUS handle last week.
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 favourite 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.
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 @POTUS thoughts on zayn leaving one direction?
—#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 helped lead Cleveland into this year’s NBA Finals.
Obama also said he was sorry about Thursday’s 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.”
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Associated Press writer Darlene Superville contributed to this report.