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

Top Obama spokesman joins Twitter

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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. Amber

    Just what the nation needs....Gibbs on Twitter. Don't we have a lot more important things to do? Jobs? Grow, not destroy the economy?

    February 13, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  2. John

    Gibbs is a freaking idiot, why anybody would want to see what he has to say is beyond me.

    February 13, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  3. MJ

    I wonder how many times he can say "UH" "UH" "UH" while using this service ....

    February 13, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  4. Fuzzy monkey

    It's about time the dems got on the twitter carosel. During the campaign they were techno light years ahead of the repugs now they are catching up. And I campaigned so hard for them...

    February 13, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  5. Mickey

    Yea, and Bush uses "The Google" and "The Internets"...that was his only claim to fame!

    February 13, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  6. Franky, Land of Lincoln

    Good lord...@cph9680, Amen my friend.

    "Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either."Albert Einstein

    February 13, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  7. samadams

    Well I hope so. It's relatively harmless compared to what they could be doing. Let the twits twit ... and we'll keep busy building our tidal wave for the midterms.

    February 13, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  8. Linda in Texas

    This is as essential to our society as is the internet. It is a level playing field and anyone can state opinions free of charge. It is easy to identify radicals and ignore anything they post.

    February 13, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  9. Bill in VT

    I don't understand the fascination with Twitter. I really don't. It seems like a big waste of time to me.

    February 13, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  10. Charles

    I agree. Its there something else more important these clowns could be doing?

    February 13, 2010 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  11. Denna

    We are proud of ourselves. I'd be careful who I call an idiot if I were you. My guess is that the Republicans will be twittering, emailing and social networking their hearts out to keep up. That if the Rethugs can crawl out of their ancient holes long enough!

    February 13, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  12. That's not news

    We've always thought of Gibbs as a Twit.

    February 13, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  13. Joe Price

    Hey, cph9680, what's your real name?

    February 13, 2010 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  14. Charleen

    These clowns are our only hope of a balance and better country.I don't understand why people think the President can get us out of this ression over night that happened under Bush.Well,I guess you want another 8years of recession by voting the republicans back to the white house.What have the republicans done for you?They have done nothing for me.

    February 13, 2010 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  15. Texas Jack

    This is a big deal isn't it CNN? Who cares what this nut job does. He backs whatever person that pays him and his making fun of Palin is a dire mistake nothing but misfortune will follow his career. In other words he like all of Obama followers may as well call their careers goodbye..

    February 13, 2010 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  16. jim

    it seems it's ok for the republicans to boast about being on the net and twitter and what not. and NOT ok for the democrats to do the same.

    i'm tired of the right winger's hypocrisy.

    February 13, 2010 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  17. barbara hopkins

    Great now we can listen to more lies of this administration – I would not bother with this guy at all!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 13, 2010 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  18. Chris

    Wow. Great! At-least we can say we have accomplished something this year. I am proud!

    February 13, 2010 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  19. beanne

    My point...nobody cares

    February 13, 2010 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  20. Leon

    Is this where our taxes go?

    February 13, 2010 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  21. ib

    Gibbs is a joke and a bad one at that. He made fun of Palin's notes on her hand. At least she can speak without a teleprompter which is more than Obama can do.

    February 13, 2010 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  22. annie against biased news

    bozo's press clown can twitter – whoopie!

    February 13, 2010 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  23. Preston kk

    Pkm who cares why not find ways to help people live better if you twitter will you help feed my family

    February 13, 2010 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  24. Twit

    Making history is just not what it used to be.

    February 14, 2010 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
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