The Best Tweet of the Year competition was really, really tough. There were so many great tweets arising out of the Occupy Wall Street protests that it could have been its own category. Not surprisingly, Obama also was a hot topic.
I excluded from consideration tweets regarding the Republican primary candidates; since I’m not neutral on that topic any tweets I chose would have been considered a political choice. The last thing I would want is to see the Tweet of the Year selection process, with the tremendous prestige and publicity which accompanies the winner, politicized like the Nobel Peace Prize.
All of the winners appeared in posts at Legal Insurrection, which you can view by clicking on the “link” under the image, if you want to see background and context.
1st Place – Iowahawkblog – Pretty much sums up the absurdity of Obama. On the one hand, Obama with great bluster and fanfare invoked the spirit of Teddy Roosevelt in setting the theme for his 2012 campaign. On the other hand, Obama hardly is the heroic figure charging into real battle, more like the teenager who runs up the credit card charges at the mall buying presents for friends and leaves others to pay.
2nd Place – AlisonKosikCNN – This tweet by a CNN reporter about the purpose of the Occupy Wall Street protests caught her a lot of trouble. Click the link for details. She ended up deleting the tweet and apologizing. But the tweet captured the essence of the OWS movement at its inception
3rd Place – Tie – I could not decide between these two. The first, by LI reader DDsModernLife, is based upon a reader comment about media bias in reporting jobs numbers. The second, by Justin Hart, concerned the reaction in Wisconsin upon learning that the recall efforts to take back the state Senate had fallen short; how could I not have a tweet about the lunacy in Wisconsin as one of the award winners?