President's Twitter campaign back-tweets
July 29th, 2011
07:25 PM ET
12 years ago

President's Twitter campaign back-tweets

Washington (CNN) - It's hard to explain it in 140 characters or less. President Obama's re-election Twitter account lost thousands of followers Friday after his 2012 campaign tried to use the social media site to turn up the heat on Republicans over the debt ceiling.

The account, @BarackObama, sent out scores of tweets Friday listing the Twitter handles for dozens of GOP members of Congress.

"If you live in Wisconsin, ask @SenRonJohnson to support a bipartisan compromise to the debt crisis," one tweet said.

Earlier in the day, the president called on Americans to use Twitter, as well as other forms of communication, to send a message to Congress to end the stalemate.

"Let your members of Congress know, make a phone call, send an e-mail, tweet, keep the pressure on Washington and we can get past this," the President said.

But the tweet offensive may have backfired. Or is that back-tweeted?

According to the website Twitter Counter, the account lost tens of thousands of followers Friday.

White House reporters and the president's critics questioned whether Mr. Obama's re-election campaign was spamming its more than nine million followers.

"Bam's spam? President Barack Obama takes debt battle to Twitter, loses more than 33,000 followers," the Twitter account @whitehousepresscorps tweeted as of 6pm Friday.

An Obama re-election campaign official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, brushed off the account's losses, arguing there's a "natural burn rate" any time you send an email or tweet.

Members of Congress tweeted back their frustrations.

"Dear #Obamatons you are ruining my interactions with thoughtful democrats with this spam. And U R hurting your President," tweeted Rep. Dennis Ross R-Florida.

Filed under: Debt • Deficit • President Obama • Twitter
soundoff (199 Responses)
  1. Ron

    He's SUPPOSED to be a leader. LEAD!! If he wants compromise, then COMPROMISE. Every other time in history this has came up, it's been the President who has brought both sides together. This time it's the President who is keeping them apart.

    July 31, 2011 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  2. greek

    OK you Obama haters...lets get a couple things straight. This president has had more issues to deal with LEFT over from 8 years of GOP/Bush..not one ounce of bi-partisan help was given to him, THEN the voters of 2008 elected a good group of 'fire and tar' tea baggers (who won't even work with their OWN party) The Afganistan war SHOULD have only been the ONLY war we were involved in. But oil lobbyists owned bush. And all Iraq did was to lose lives of 4000 of our soldiers. Explain that you bunch of unAmerican jokers. Give the Man some respect....ALL these issues were handed to him HE DID NOT create them. It is like you ignorant republican/TB to talk such is like a cancer through your veins...stop hating. Allow the bill to pass that will MAKE the rich pay their fair share and corporations like GE to pay as well. Obama has been trying to find compromise! Stop ignorance.

    July 31, 2011 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  3. Whatever

    If tax increases will harm the economy we can say A LOT about the tax cuts that have been in place for the past 8 to 10 years and have not grown the economy. DO A BALANCED APPROACH!!!! The Tea Party members of Congress and Senate that signed a no tax pledge are not working for the people but a special interest group. Hmmm ceiling debt has been raised 49x by Rep presidents and 29x by Dem presidents since 1962. Who are the so called "fiscally" responsible ones??

    July 31, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  4. Ai03901

    Obama has done more harm for this nation than good. He is highly unprofessional and lacks objectivity. He cares more about homosexuals than he does about our homeless, our crime victims and our wounded war veterans. He has consistently lied to the American people – and yes, all Presidents do but it's still wrong.

    July 31, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  5. Whatever

    Oh and the President requested a rise of the debt ceiling back in January 2011 and they have ignored him until now to get their own way... for any GOP voter or member of Congress or Senate to say the President was not involved in the debate/negotiations are hypocrites!!! McConnell's main purpose is to bring down the President. How about the entire Congress/Senate/Judicial and Executive branch (President/VP) take a 50% cut in pay, pay into their pensions and for their healthcare!!!!

    July 31, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  6. Bing

    Obama's driving this country into the ground and all the naive under-35 yo's blindly do whatever some 22 yo Obama staffer tweets about!?
    pathetic on all accounts.

    July 31, 2011 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  7. Peter s

    tweeting ? how about every one of us putting our shoes on their ass! they might listen to that faster than tweeting!!

    July 31, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  8. Honest Citizen

    It is calculated that only 1 out of 10 people respond to Tweets so 33,000 represents 3.3 million disatified voters turning against O-flippy floppy. He is in deep doo doo and is in it nose deep.

    July 31, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  9. wadde

    NO Bipartisn help ? Are you drugged in fantasy land – seems he had plenty of help. When 70% of the country DID NOT want mandated health care we sure ended up with it(BUT we'll have to pass it to see whats in it) 2100 pages of absolute BS. You have to earn respect before you get it- and thank the tea baggers for at least attempting to reign in this exhaustive run away spending machine that is going to bankrupt the US. Clinton is the one that removed the regulations on Fannie and Freddie. All of the issues were NOT handed to him , some yes. Maybe if he had some experience would have helped him out. Maybe if he stayed in DC for awhile instead of flying everywhere to drum up campaign donations might have helped.

    July 31, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  10. Earl

    I heard it once be said, "Men lie, women lie, numbers don't". That's not entirely true. This article is incomplete. It does not give the "mean" additions or subtractions nor does it tell who WHO the losses were. I'm very confident that those 33,000 are not even his constituents, therefore the 33,000 is no loss.

    July 31, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  11. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Well... If the GOP is actually agreeing to a deal it means Obama probably caved yet again...

    July 31, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  12. citizen

    Obama is the most ridiculous excuse for a president we have ever seen.

    July 31, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  13. New Age Independant

    Can it be any more obvious that Obama is not a good fit for President? Sure, I made the same mistake as many and was sucked in by a very gifted speaker. But as the years has rolled by, we've seen only a campaigner in chief, not a Commander in Chief.

    July 31, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  14. CharlieEcho

    What happened to our stimulus? Regardless of what got us to the point of trouble prior to the stimulus it's the stimulus that has brought us to this point. SSI is being used to fund people and families that have not contributed. How is that responsible. If you paid in you are due a pay out. We are spending money on defense in wars and non-war, that are and have proved fruitless. The tea party has voted for change. Obama's supporters voted for change, without much hope. We are insane to continue on the same paths that brought to this point. Change is coming. We had better adapt and use it to our advantage and stop business as usual. We must reign in our wasteful spending. We need jobs and industry not handouts to unproductive parasites be they domestic, illegal, or world wide. Trade agreements that protect our economy, our industries, and our jobs.

    July 31, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  15. John Wayne

    Palin 2012! She would never abuse her followers like this modern day Hitler does!

    July 31, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  16. mesamick

    Looks like Pres. Obama did a little house cleaning and purged his Twit account of all those teatards, 'con spies and negative "blame the black guy" commentors from Dixie...Looks like there were about 33kof 'em out of millions. Not as many as I suspected it would be.

    July 31, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  17. Me

    Fire all the incumbents – both parties. Let's start over with brand new reps in both houses of congress. And fire the silly fool who got into the white house under false pretenses. He is not what he said he would be.

    July 31, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  18. Me

    Tweeting is just spamming. I stopped doing that silly stuff a long time ago. Dump your tweeting capability and return to a face to face discussion.

    July 31, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  19. woody

    Obama hopes the debt ceiling does not go through. All part of his plan all along to make the US a third world country.

    July 31, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  20. Sick of Ignorant people

    It is really pathetic how the financial situation of America is blamed on Obama. George Bush went into the white house with a surplus and managed to eliminate it in less than 2 months. Then for the next 7 years continued to run this country into a path of destruction like that of the Sun King of France (look it up if you're too stupid to know who he was). Let's continue to sustain the lifestyle of the wealthy and continue to line our pockets while the rest of the world pays for it. Now that there is NO other way to fix it than to ask those who benefited for the last few years to share the wealth they are crying and whining like children. Let's get realistic, if we were asking that sacrifices be made to support the lazy masses, i'd be against it also. But we're asking the masses to help mostly America's working poor, or the unemployed because of all the jobs that GEORGE BUSH out sourced, while screaming that the America economy was doing well. We know he and his cronies did well. What about the rest of America.

    July 31, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  21. AmFem

    Great solution. Fire them all!!! That's done through the election process, which means the tea party bozos that were elected last November to the Senate have another hellish 5 years before we can "fire them." the House idiots have another year. In the meantime, we the people are at the mercy of extreme right-wing loonies who are holding us hostage unless they crush the government. Firing them now, before they destroy the country is NOT AN OPTION!!!

    July 31, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  22. AmFem

    You're funny. You make me laugh!

    July 31, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  23. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE – The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    It's George Bush's fault, it's George Bush's fault, it's George Bush's fault. Hmmm.... For some strange reason, the problems caused by Obama's policies are the fault of his predecessor, who has been out of office for nearly 3 years???!!! Was it George Bush's fault that OBAMA'S "stimulus" plan didn't keep unemployment below 8% as they claimed? I hadn't realized he was a design of that debacle. Was it George Bush's fault that Democrat's spent one solid year jamming Obamacare downthe throats of Americas that don't want it?? I had realized George Bush was a designer of Obama's policies.

    Democrat's controlled BOTH houses of Congress from 2006-2010 AND the Whitehouse for TWO of those years. WHEN will these immature loser Democrats EVER take responsibilty for THEIR actions. It is NO coincidence the financial mess happened after they tookj control of Congress and NO coincidence the economy is in a record length of unemployment because of THEIR policies. The American people woke up in 2010 and will finish the job in 2012. We will not sit idly by while these "progressive"/socialist Democrats destroy this country with their insane fiscal policies.

    July 31, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  24. SadDayInUsa

    We spend $302 Billion/yr and take in $172 Billion in revenues. Our president tweets. Clearly we have spending problem. Tax the "rich" 100% would not cover the amt we spend or owe. But our president tweets. Our credit rating is based on our debt to income ration. Our president tweets. We will be downgraded b/c of debt/income ratio not default. Our president tweets. We need to drastically cut spending and balance the budget. But our president tweets. Where is the leadership? Where is the CHANGE?

    July 31, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
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