President Barack Obama did an IAmA on Reddit today. (IAmA stands for "I am a...", a variation on AMA, "Ask Me Anything.") The best two answers were near the end:
We know how Republicans feel about protecting Internet Freedom. Is Internet Freedom an issue you'd push to add to the Democratic Party's 2012 platform?
Internet freedom is something I know you all care passionately about; I do too. 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. And although there will be occasional disagreements on the details of various legislative proposals, I won't stray from that principle - and it will be reflected in the platform.
It's great that he's passionately in favor of internet freedom, and I know he opposed SOPA. I worry about what "occasional disagreements on the details" means, just because it's vague enough that it might mean "I'll disagree with my colleagues sometimes," and "I disagree with the internet." Still, vague doesn't mean bad. It's just, you know, vague.
Are you considering increasing funds to the space program?
Making sure we stay at the forefront of space exploration is a big priority for my administration. The passing of Neil Armstrong this week is a reminder of the inspiration and wonder that our space program has provided in the past; the curiosity probe on mars is a reminder of what remains to be discovered. The key is to make sure that we invest in cutting edge research that can take us to the next level - so even as we continue work with the international space station, we are focused on a potential mission to a asteroid as a prelude to a manned Mars flight.