October 14th, 2009
05:25 PM ET
10 years ago

UPDATE: George W. Bush not joining Twitter just yet

 George W. Bush meets with Twitter co-founder Biz Stone.

George W. Bush meets with Twitter co-founder Biz Stone.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A spokesman for George W. Bush told CNN Wednesday that the former president currently "has no plans of tweeting."

On Tuesday, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone met with Bush at the World Knowledge Forum in South Korea. Bush told Stone he got a BlackBerry (while in the White House, Bush did not have e-mail). Stone, tweeting about the meeting, wondered if Bush would join the social networking site. The question quickly spread on numerous technology blogs, and on Twitter for the past two days.

Could Bush join last year's Republican presidential nominee, John McCain, on Twitter?  At least for now, the answer is no. Bush spokesman Dave Sherzer told CNN Wednesday that the former president had enjoyed meeting Stone, but tweeting wasn't currently on his agenda.

UPDATE: The Twitter name @GeorgeWBush is being held by the George W. Bush Foundation, a foundation spokesman confirmed to CNN Thursday, but there are currently no plans to start using the account.

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Filed under: George W. Bush • Social Media • Twitter
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Amazing

    Geez, another Bush twitter story..............must be a really slow news day, either that or CNN is looking for some Bush bashing to take the heat off our do nothing campaigner in chief that some of you call our president. Considering what is running our country the way he voted in the senate...."present"..............I really miss Bush!

    October 14, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  2. di

    Prez Bush is a class act, this man a NO SPIN! U know what he stands for.

    October 14, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  3. Saxo_Grammaticus

    Finally Dubya and I have something in common!

    October 14, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  4. Stuckinthemiddle

    Bush was not twitter compatible.

    October 14, 2009 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  5. miriam

    You mean the Twitter Inter-Web Netz? Please keep us updated CNN. If George Bush sets up a Twitter account, we have got to know.

    October 14, 2009 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  6. proud dem in nc

    I notice he's not wearing his American flag pin on his lapel.

    October 14, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  7. AZ Jake

    Cause he can barely speak, and it's for sure he can't spell ?

    October 14, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  8. orphanannie

    does Twitter come with a tutorial? The decider, can't decide.

    October 14, 2009 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  9. bellablue

    Oh, that's unfortunate!! I was sure Sara Palin and George Bush would be the BEST pair ever to TWEET, TWEET, TWEET!!!

    October 14, 2009 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  10. Jay

    A former President is always correctly reffered to as President. So this article should refer to President Bush.

    October 14, 2009 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  11. Joyce Becker

    He probably has a hard time spelling and I doubt if he knows how to use the Internet.

    October 14, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  12. mk

    A twit can't twitter, it would be redundant.

    October 14, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  13. Joseph

    Did a CNN spokesperson serious ask Bush Jr. about this instead of oh, I don't know: War crimes?

    October 14, 2009 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  14. Censorship in Practice form at CNN--S Callahan NYS

    lol I'd tweet for George.....that'd be fun.......
    maybe that's why he won't do it...says what comes to mind first...

    October 14, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  15. guy

    Not until he can learn to put two sentences together.

    October 14, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  16. Santa Fean

    Who will spell for the man? Who would do the writing? Remember how he "quit" the National Guard? So now he could be a quitter with a twitter....just like "Falin" Palin!

    October 14, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  17. Willy Brown

    Yes Mr. President we sure do miss you. We need Help!

    October 14, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  18. Greg

    You'd think he'd jump at the chance to Twitter. He can butcher the English language all he wants and no one would notice.

    October 14, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  19. Susan

    I know at least two potential followers: Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck.

    October 14, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |