July 17th, 2009
04:45 PM ET
5 years ago

White House announces press conference first on Twitter

 The official White House Twitter feed.
The official White House Twitter feed.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The White House, for the first time ever, announced a primetime press conference on the social media site Twitter. @WhiteHouse (with 713,521 people following them at the time of the announcement) wrote, “You heard it here first: Primetime presidential news conference at the White House, Wed. 7/22 @ 9PM EDT”.

UPDATE: The White House press release about the announcement was sent out to reporters (by e-mail) two hours after the tweet.


Filed under: Social Networking • Twitter • White House
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Maria - Proud Democrat

    Hmmmmm.....

    Good for them!

    July 17, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    First Myspace and Facebook, now Twitter. It finally feels like we are living in the 21st century. Thanks Mr. President for getting all of these ol senators and politicians technically proficient.

    July 17, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  3. yuri

    And let's see some constructive messages not exceeding 147 characters, of course.

    July 17, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  4. phoenix86

    Great news Mr. President. Keep the uninformed..we...uninformed and focused on irrelevent things like press conferences on twitter and youtube. Meanwhile, in Iran, North Korea, unemployment, deficits...

    Lucky for Obama that Obamabots don't like to think.

    July 17, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  5. Matt in MN

    Quick, approval numbers are dropping! Schedule a press conference so the President can do the only thing he's good at!

    July 17, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  6. Hagen, NC

    We do not need twitter on anything. Bring back my money which I lost in my 401K and my retirement money. By giving press conference you cannot do it. You all are idiots including the President. Go back to Chicago or even to Kenya. By the way why did you mention muslim-Americans in your speech at NAACP yesterday. There are also American from other race and religion. Barack is a hypocrite. Get lost.

    July 17, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  7. GI Joe

    Has Jack Cafferty gone hiking on the Appalachian Trail?

    He left Friday, July 10 in the middle of the program (without a word) and hasn't been heard from since.

    We get blow by blow details on all others, why not news anchors?

    Accountabiliy or quit.

    July 17, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  8. malclave

    So it's okay to make a twit/Twitter remark about Palin, but not Obama?

    CNN... The Most Yellow Name in Journalism

    July 17, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  9. Batman

    I curse Al Gore for creating the internet. If I hear one more politician or new anchor talking about twitter, I’m going to hurl. Whatever happened to actual reporting and an occasional press conference?

    July 17, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  10. Brina

    I'm glad he's in control of announcements....good for him.

    July 17, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  11. Barry

    A twit and his twitter...what trailer park trash has taken up residence in the White House!!

    July 17, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  12. marissa

    Another prime time news conference. This president is seriously messing with my tv schedule. President Obama needs to understand that those who want to be informed are informed and those who are not yet informed will most likely not watch is news conference. The press doesn't even give him tough questions, this is turning into a joke.

    July 17, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  13. m smith

    Why not? Even that dufus Mc cain is trying to use twitter. Bold move keep us all informed we love it.

    July 17, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  14. Aunt Bea and Opie

    What they dont tell you is, they only poll Goober and his family.

    July 17, 2009 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  15. annie for Palin

    are they trying to stay up with Gov. Palin?

    July 17, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  16. Zero.

    Obama the twit. Remits into none-legit. Whist playing with Bit's...

    July 17, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  17. Zero.

    Useing Twitter for this, is better than tape-cutting for movies..
    Only an idiot would listen and be serious..

    July 17, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  18. Kevin in Ohio

    He is obviously ignoring a major part of America by pandering to the twits.

    July 17, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  19. independent Jim

    Heard from a teenager the other day that they don't Twitter. Apparently, it's only for the 25 – 40 year olds.

    July 18, 2009 05:53 am at 5:53 am |