POTUS makes a special campaign promise during Reddit.com live chat...
UPDATE, Sept 1, 2012: WH releases two beer recipes
UPDATE: Obama campaign spotlights the President's beer question
From Charlottesville, Virginia late on Wednesday afternoon, President Obama participated in a half-hour 'Ask Me Anything' live chat on Reddit.com, taking ten questions posted by users. One was about White House homebrewed beer, currently the subject of a petition on the Administration's 'We the People' website. (Above: During the chat)
"What's the recipe for the White House's beer?" asked Reddit user silent1mezzo.
"It will be out soon!" President Obama responded. "I can tell from first hand experience, it is tasty."
The President crashed Reddit at least once during his chat, when more than 32,000 users were logged on to check out the virtual Town Hall. Users are familiar with the Presidential beer: Earlier this month one filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the recipe, a largely symbolic move, since the White House is exempt from such requests. CLICK HERE for the President's full Q & A.
The recipe petition for White House Honey Ale, launched on August 18, has 10,473 signatures as of this writing, up from 10,223 on Wednesday morning. Press Secretary Jay Carney promised last week that if the petition reaches the required 25,000 signatures by September 17, the recipe will be given to America's beer lovers. (Above: A bottle of the White House brew, first served at the President's 2011 Super Bowl party)
The Obamas' White House chefs are the first to ever homebrew at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, as first reported here on Obama Foodorama. The news that President Obama is toting homebrew aboard Ground Force One re-ignited interest in the Presidential beer operation; the President gifted beer maker Brad Magerkuth with a bottle while visiting Iowa in mid-August (an interview with Magerkurth).
During his Reddit chat, President Obama also answered questions about unemployment, the "corrupting influence of money in politics," small business, his favorite hoops player--Michael Jordan, the President said, possibly thanks to the fact that the legend just helped drop $3 million into campaign coffers--space exploration, and balancing "family life and hobbies" with being President.
"It's hard - truthfully the main thing other than work is just making sure that I'm spending enough time with michelle and the girls," the President responded. "...we make sure that when I'm in DC I never miss dinner with them at 6:30 pm - even if I have to go back down to the Oval for work later in the evening."
"Speaking of balance, though, I need to get going so I'm back in DC in time for dinner," he added, before reminding Reddit users "AND REMEMBER TO VOTE IN NOVEMBER - if you need to know how to register, go to Gottaregister.com. By the way, if you want to know what I think about this whole reddit experience - NOT BAD!"
The President's stop in Charlottesville was the third on a two-day junket to woo college-age voters in battleground states. It began on Tuesday with visits to Iowa and Colorado.
*Top photo from @BarackObama; beer bottle photo by Pete Souza/White House