February 17th, 2010
06:07 PM ET
5 years ago

Presidential records now include tweets

Robert Gibbs announced Wednesday his tweets will be saved.
Robert Gibbs announced Wednesday his tweets will be saved.

Washington (CNN) – White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs announced Wednesday that his tweets will be saved for posterity.

"What I write and what I tweet is archived as a part of this Presidential Records Act of 1978 because it is work product created as part of my job at the White House," Gibbs said during his daily press briefing due to questions raised by reporters on this issue.

The press secretary is not the only official at the White House with a Twitter account. Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton tweets, as well as Macon Philips who runs new media operations for the White House. @WhiteHouse is their flagship account with over 1.7 million followers.

All four accounts feature the following disclaimer: "Official WH twitter account. Comments & messages received through official WH pages are subject to the PRA and may be archived. Learn more http://wh.gov/privacy."

Gibbs explained that people who follow and "re-tweet" White House Twitter accounts will not be archived. However, the archive will keep people who directly respond to official accounts.

"It's analogous to sending an e-mail to the White House, which is already archived," Gibbs said.


Filed under: Robert Gibbs • Social Media • Twitter
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    This White House has stepped into the 21st century, unfortunately Congress hasn't.

    February 17, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    Propaganda, is still propaganda, no matter where it is found.

    February 17, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  3. Fed Up

    How wonderful for Mr. Gibbs! Another twit tweets. How proud he must be.

    February 17, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  4. Mike in MN

    Oh boy, this is good to know that all these tweets will be saved for posterity.
    Let's see, Gibbs, Burton and Philips, how about archiving all their tweets in the offical White House bird brain file. I think that is a fitting name.

    February 17, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  5. J.Williams san diego

    imagine that, a tweet from a twit will now go down in history. Who says the Democraps can't achieve anything?

    February 17, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  6. ib

    What an idiot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 17, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  7. Andy

    Should be the best job in the WH.Tweet the daily accomplishments of the president/democrats.That would be NOTHING/BLOW SMOKE/LIE/SPIN/BLOW MORE SMOKE and thats all folks.

    February 17, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  8. Candi

    Glad these records will be kept,the president/democrats are bad about getting political amnesia.

    February 17, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  9. Jake

    Guess the president will count this as a job he created ,only cost 787 billion and already existed-democratic math at its best.

    February 17, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  10. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Welcome to the 21st Century!

    @ Rick Mc Danial...... "propaganda"? And what do you call what Rush & the other haters spew?

    February 17, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  11. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Your fired Gibbs.You remind me of the republican wimps they had,only your not telling as many lies.Stop trying to be a standup comic too and bring a baseball bat to the room instead.

    February 17, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  12. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Hears a tweet for you Mr. president fire your staff and start anew staff .

    February 17, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  13. Mike in MN

    The thoughts of Obama and the idiots he has working for him aren't worth a tweet. Save the taxpayers some money and don't archive these usless tweets. Who will ever care?

    February 17, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  14. If you want someting taxed, and ruined, elect a democrat

    last time I saw a tweet, there was a pile of "something'" behind it. LOL

    February 17, 2010 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  15. David Moser

    Will the President's tweets be archived even though they originate in the basement of MoveOn.org or someplace like that?

    February 17, 2010 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  16. Jimmy James

    Can't he just leave the usual White House message on his Twitter accout? " Blame Bush"?

    February 17, 2010 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  17. j

    How does this help? When is the government going to focus on creating jobs and getting the economy moving again? That's the number 1 priority, not Twitter.

    February 17, 2010 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  18. GI Joe

    Betcha he doesn't spread hate and fear.

    February 17, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  19. JD

    I find it hard to believe anything that can be said in 140 character snippets is at all historic...especially when it comes from a guy who can't put two sentences together without a teleprompter.

    February 17, 2010 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  20. Four and The Door

    Do Presidential Records also include the shopping list he writes on his hand? He showed it off in an official Press Conference, so apparently it had something to do with The White House.

    ( ..and yes, this is being posted sarcastically )

    February 17, 2010 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  21. Orange Curtain, CA

    All Presidents push their agendas RICK including Bush/Cheney promoting Iraq War based on lies, lies, lies...before we even finished the job in Afganistan. Don't tell us about propaganda when the Bush/Cheney thugs had their fascist agents at ClusterFox working 24/7 to promote their lies.

    February 17, 2010 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  22. Gerry NH

    Your fired Gibbs.You remind me of the democrat wimps they had,only your not telling as many lies.Stop trying to be a standup comic too and bring a baseball bat to the room instead.

    Mr twit twit twit what a idiot

    February 17, 2010 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  23. chris l

    Tweets for Twits. LOL. God, this administration is a joke. But hey, at least OBOZO could say he created a job. Hooray!!! With each passing day it is becoming more and more obvious that the mid terms will be the end of the anti American Radical Libtards reign in Congress. Most likely forever. As for Obozo, he is like a science experiment that has gone completely wrong. One and Done? Only if he is lucky. Most likely impeachment will occur before 2012. Are liberals born stupid or is it contracted like most diseases? Hopefully scientists will be able to answer that soon.

    February 17, 2010 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  24. annie against biased news

    Will all the tweets he receives telling him what a jerk he his be archived also? gibbey's new name the "tweeting twit'.

    February 17, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  25. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Welcome to the 21st Century of either lead, follow or get out of the way because you will be left behind and guess what, nobody cares.

    February 17, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
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