IMPORTANT: @POTUS now tweeting
The life and times of POTUS, in 140 characters or less
Fresh hell alert! It’s happening—the President has arrived on Twitter:
Hello, Twitter! It's Barack. Really! Six years in, they're finally giving me my own account.
— President Obama (@POTUS) May 18, 2015
Here’s how the White House describes their vision for the new account:
The @POTUS Twitter account will serve as a new way for President Obama to engage directly with the American people, with tweets coming exclusively from him. President Obama is committed to making his Administration the most open and participatory in history, and @POTUS will give Americans a new venue to engage on the issues that matter most to them.
So…more Barack Obama? I’m sure you’re all extremely excited about this development.
From a strategic perspective, allowing the President to have “his own” (let’s be serious, it’s not “his own”) Twitter account is pretty brilliant. This Administration knows that it’s in hot water—they’re in a second term slide, and Republicans prepping for 2016 are already out in force with 1001 examples showing why Democrats should never be allowed to touch American policy ever again. Obama is a shell of his former enigmatic self, far too often comes across as defensive or aggressive, and as such endangers the party’s chances in 2016 and beyond.
They have only one thing left to do: humanize the husk and hope for the best.
The problem for conservatives right now is that these “humanization”-type tactics tend to work pretty well, at least when it comes to overall perception of a candidate or leader. If they use this @POTUS account correctly, it will open doors to “conversations” (although I doubt they’ll do much interacting—they’ll use it as a barometer for current and future PR pushes) with voters about the issues Republicans choose to hit hardest.
Almost any appearance of accessibility is a good thing, and this Twitter account stands to give the President and his party a boost. Whether that boost will translate beyond how a single, plugged-in voter feels when he or she reads the tweets remains to be seen.
All I know is that I want this to happen. Immediately:
Dear Mr. President (@POTUS), If you need any jokes for your new twitter account, just give me a call.
— Gilbert Gottfried (@RealGilbert) May 18, 2015
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THAT’s a great big, fat WGAF.
Well, I tend to want to look on the bright side of things.
It does shorten those awful idiotic terribly long speeches of his to an idiotic awful couple of sentences.
I can successfully filter out ALLLLLLLL that crap.
Rags, I’m begging ya, if there is any humanity left in distinguished lawyer like yourself, gimmmmeeeee your secret ppppllllleeeeaaaassssseeee and make it pro bono! 🙁
Start with a LARGE family of voluble kids…
Or, as Mark O’Mara inquired rhetorically…Really..??? Seriously..???
Surely they can only be “half tweets.”
I won’t be following The Brit/Kenyan-born Mussolini imitator.
Another outlet for his propaganda, and source for low-info voters, social media being their only source.
OTOH, will negative tweets be allowed?
re: “OTOH, will negative tweets be allowed?”
YES, most assuredly, negative tweets will not only be allowed, but encouraged. How better to identify the human detritus infecting the future than to have it self-identify, leaving it’s address along the way?
My first thought was to follow and troll him.
My second thought was, “Do I really want the Secret Service that far up my ass?”
So I decided against it. And I already follow Gottfried. And Gutfeld. And Burge. So between them, if Barry says anything worth noticing, they’ll let me know.
How many lemmings are ready to jump off the cliff?
Do you think we’re stupid ? /rhet
Should start a pool to see who B. H. O’@Potus blocks first.
Hey, @DipShit at (occasionally) Oval.com. Vapid… Vacuous… Vacant… Absent… Utterly @Useless Tweety Doofus: The World is ON F***ing FIRE and you are Selfying your hashtag on Facey and Insta. Or, am I being a touch redundant?
Yep, you can tell the post is authentic because the style perfectly matches that of our PO..S. They’re “finally” giving him his own account, as if someone was keeping it from him. And why did “they” keep it from him for six years? You can fill in the blanks yourself, can’t you? And of course, the innocent jab at no one in particular was all in fun you know. Wink. Retch.
612 more days. And nights.
Wait ’til IowaHawk gets hold of his tweets. Carnage as far as the eye can see. Can’t wait.
He is going to have a really hard time with 140 characters or less. The idiot can’t even say hello to the press corps in less than that.
@IRehabdJimmyCarter should be a fountain of new material for the razor sharp wits of the interwebs.
The more time he spends on twitter the better because I don’t follow twitter.
How many characters will his “uh”s take up?
Yeah, but can you shred tweets? Lose them? Blame a YouTube video for their message? Blame “W” in just 140 characters? Blame the 1% in just 140 characters?
Can Michelle whine about her posh life as the First African American First Lady (and two terms of luxury) in 140 characters?
Will Obama be sending tweeted fiats? And, how can Obama denigrate the entire group of U.S. LEOs in 140 characters?
Inquiring people want to know.
Obama as POTUS = President of Twits r US
The “First Twit” of Twitter …
Or the “First Half Tweet” er… Twit of Twitter.