On paper, President Obama's White House Tumblr social with David Karp was about promoting Democrats' student loan proposals. But really, it was about proving to Tumblr users that Obama is hip. We're not sure he succeeded.
"You're laughing because you think, what does he know about Tumblr?" Obama said on Monday, ahead of his talk with Karp. "But you will recall that I have two teenage daughters — so I am hip to all these things." At the White House event, the president brought up his party's plans to reduce student loan payments and ideas on how to make sure students know their options when it comes to taking on debt and whether college is the right choice. As far as being hip enough for Tumblr, here's how he stacked up.
Hip: He had some good jokes
At times Obama came off as that dad who wants you to think he's cool but isn't really. Even though he's the President of the United States of America he tried to come off as a slacker student. "I was a humanities major," he said. "I was pretty good in math until I got to high school, and then I misspent those years.” He also joked that the White House was a rental, which got a lot of laughs from the audience.