February 13th, 2010
04:32 PM ET
8 years ago

Top Obama spokesman joins Twitter

In his first tweet, White House Press Secretary sought advice from the Twitterverse.

In his first tweet, White House Press Secretary sought advice from the Twitterverse.

Washington (CNN) – Count White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs among a growing group of Democratic press operatives who have recently joined the microblogging site Twitter.

The top White House spokesman set up his Twitter account Saturday, Gibbs confirmed to CNN; Gibbs goes by the Twitter handle @PressSec on the popular service.

Gibbs’ arrival on Twitter comes as a number of his colleagues in the Democratic communications apparatus have also joined the site which allows users to broadcast short messages.

Earlier Saturday, Lynda Tran (@LyndaOFA), the national press secretary for President Obama’s grassroots political organization Organizing for America, informed the media via e-mail that she had joined Twitter.

And on Friday, Organizing for America announced that it was looking for a new social networks manager who will be responsible, among other things, for managing the Twitter account @BarackObama. (The official White House Twitter account, @whitehouse, is separate and run by the White House.)

Less than two weeks ago, Hari Sevugan (@HariDNC), the Democratic National Committee’s national press secretary began tweeting. About the same time, Sevugan’s colleague DNC communications director Brad Woodhouse (@woodhouseb) joined Twitter.

In mid January, Deputy White House Press Secretary Bill Burton (@billburton44) began using a previously dormant Twitter account.

And last month, President Obama made history when he personally clicked the send button on a tweet from the @RedCross account while on a visit to the Washington headquarters of the Red Cross.

The move by Gibbs and other Democratic communications professionals comes after months of dominance by conservatives and Republicans on Twitter and other social media platforms like YouTube.

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–CNN White House Producer Jamie Crawford contributed to this report.

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soundoff (74 Responses)
  1. cph9680

    You people must be so proud of yourselves. I guess this is going to be the accomplishment of the year for this group of clowns!

    February 13, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  2. Sue

    It is unbelievable that his is actually considered important "news" by CNN.

    Only 10 more months........and the Obama, Pelosi and Reid nightmare/insanity comes to an end---as MANY Democrats are sent to the unemployment lines with the 2010 elections.

    Then, CNN can write articles about how Obama has become a lame duck, until he is booted from office completely in 2012.

    February 13, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  3. beanne

    Tweet this...Robert Gibbs is a dweeb and who cares if he is on twitter..........

    February 13, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  4. Illinoistom

    Will it help his stammering? Will it improve his pathetic attempts at humor? Will it help him explain a 2700 page bill if he's limited to 144 characters? Will he just tweet "hope and change" endlessly?

    February 13, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  5. Hemant

    Why are you not covering the blast in India?

    February 13, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  6. Steve (the real one)


    I'm gonna open a Twitter account. Can I get some trumpets blowing? How about a drum roll? How about a choir? How about a story in the Ticker? A parade? Anything? Actually I'm glad Gibbs is on Twitter. His briefings are painful! Will he actually type his verbal pauses? You know: the ums and ahs!

    February 13, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  7. Jimmy James

    I guess this is another " Historic " moment for the White House.

    February 13, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  8. Mike in MN

    Whether they send messages out on twitter or somewhere else the results will be the same. The American people are rejecting the Obama agenda. The problem is not that they do not know about the agenda, the problem is that they do and the content does not make them happy. It will be the same bad message whether they communicate it on twitter or not.

    February 13, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  9. Tank

    I guess Obama is finally catching up to the clowns on the right who has been on Twitter for months. If you can't beat them join them..Glad to see it

    February 13, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  10. RNC = DNC = politics as usual

    So that is the Change in the communication area? Send tweets like a teenager telling secrets?

    "dude – so pwned that Afghan village"

    February 13, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  11. gg

    It's 21st century, we are moving forward not backward!

    February 13, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  12. Dave, NE

    This guy is still campaigning for Barack Obama. these are bunch of clowns and they think that they can fool American people. We serve better than this. I hope November comes sooner so that they can be thrown out.

    February 13, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  13. Glenn Koons

    WOW, we get to read his inane jokes, commentary and avasions from dealing with his socialist pacifist leftist Admin. on Tweets. Oh boy, the universe is now in balance.

    February 13, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  14. Steve-Illinois

    HEADLINE- Twit twits on twitter!

    February 13, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  15. Bob

    Gibbs is the most incompetent press secretary ever. Twitter may help him communicate better since his verbal skills are very weak. Another twit on twiiter

    February 13, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  16. Cindy

    i thought twitter was passe already?

    February 13, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  17. Barrack Obama

    cph9680 please STFU.

    Sincerely Your President B.O.

    February 13, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  18. RP79

    Oh yeah sign me up. Robert is so cool this just made my day! 😉

    February 13, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  19. phoenix86

    This is a good move for Dibbs, as his train of thought and logic doesn't reach much beyond a twitter anyway.

    February 13, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  20. Eric

    whos's to say its actually him?

    February 13, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  21. Mike in MN

    So Obama is now going to try and use Twitter to convince voters to support his agenda. Won't work, voters already know what he is doing and don't like it. Problem is not getting the message out, the problem is the content of the message.
    Obama has talked about his health care reform for a year now, almost everyday. But for some reason the Democrats still think voters are rejecting the bills because they don't know what is in them.
    All that talk has resulted in the 9 most recent polls on health care reform all showing a majority of voters are opposed to the bills with the compsite results showing 53% of voters are opposed and only 38% are for the bills. And a new Rasmussen poll out today shows 61% of voters want Obama to scrap the bills and start over with only 28% wanting to move forward with the current bills. And 54% even want to wait until after the Nov. elections to start over so that the new members of Congress can write a new bill.
    It will be a very hard push for Twitter messages to flip all those numbers.
    So Republicans will go to the bipartisan health care summit and refuse to waste time on a compromise on the current bills that voters want scraped and will offer to start over on a new bipartisan bill. Republicans will take the position that voters know what is in the bills and don't want them. All the polls will support their positon. They will present their ideas to demonstrate they are not the party of no ideas and will say they are eager to sit down with Democrats to start over as the voters wish.
    Obama and the Democrats will go and insist that voters do not understand the content of the bills and will like them eventually and will insist on a compromise on the current bills.
    Republicans will hold their ground and trust that voters will not hold it against them if they obstruct the current bills, especially with polls showing a majority of voters want them scraped and to start over.
    Obama will be left with either starting over or trying to find a way to pass a bill voters don't want and that will be 100% owned by Democrats.
    I don't think Twitter is going to help.

    February 13, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  22. TT

    Idiots are allowed on Twitter?

    February 13, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  23. Ridgeway

    Another public venue for their socialist rhetoric. Yeah, it's cool to twitter and cool to vote for a Black guy to be President. Yeah, like wearing your pants around your knees, baseball cap sideways, yeah it's cool like not working, mooching off the tax payers speaking in jive crap, rapping about sex and crime. Oh yeah more useless news and Whitehouse stuff.

    February 13, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  24. Kirsten

    Seriously, who would want to be follow Gibbs? The guy, whether you're R or D, is a horrible Press Sec. who is half the speaker his boss is. Why would you compuond the problem by giving him "followers'?

    February 13, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  25. Ridgeway

    Is Gibbs a total barbermonger quakebuttock or what?

    February 13, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
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