President's Twitter campaign back-tweets
July 29th, 2011
07:25 PM ET
11 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. CBR

    Who is writing these articles and where are they getting their information? I don't tweet, twitter or use any social blogging. I really do not think I am the only one.

    While everyone is trying to get support and persuade their constituency of one form of a bill or another, the country does not have a working Congress. How many of us would be allowed to perform in our jobs as Congress has over the last two years. These people cannot work together not can they show respect for each other or anyone else. Why are they still serving in Congress?

    The only article that Congress needs to read is one in which they are told to do their jobs or we will find someone who will. The American people deserve your full attention to the matters at hand. The constant bickering, brokering and posturing is unnecessary and does not do anything to get the job done.

    July 30, 2011 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  2. stopthemorons

    To read some of these posts tell me that these pro-BHOites have had their heads where the sun never gets to put some sunshine. To compare what is going on in DC as aparthied and many of the other asinine posts really scares the hell out of me because those folks are so ill-inforned.

    To declare what the republicans are "doing" to aparthied fulling demonstrates that the person that made the quote is either a moron or on very serious drugs. Good thing being a moron isn't illegal or that person would be in the "big house".

    July 30, 2011 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  3. 1nezha

    Just heard troops worried abt pay, for heaven's sake don't wake Obama,or make him miss his 50th gala over this!!!

    July 30, 2011 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  4. larry

    you little dems better start liking republicans because there will be lots of them next election when we throw the rest of the dems out along woth osama

    July 30, 2011 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  5. Bob

    Darn, Obama lost all the Republicans who were watching what his re-election people had to say. Kinda of like getting rid of a scab.

    July 30, 2011 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  6. dscon

    the commander in tweet?
    "the" divider in chief!
    a real "non-presidential" president!
    class war instegator......
    listen to his words!

    July 30, 2011 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  7. shana


    July 30, 2011 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  8. dscon

    stryker....turn your head and just spit him out!
    u know the song....

    July 30, 2011 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  9. bill

    obama is in way over his head.

    July 30, 2011 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  10. ROFL

    LOL? 33k out of 9 MILLION??? He probably has more than that just in REPUBLICANS that are keeping tabs on him via Twitter. Pure Comedy.

    July 30, 2011 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  11. Sank

    You Obama supporters make me want to puke you're so stupid.

    July 30, 2011 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  12. clark1g

    I want freedom the way our country's founders designed it and established it with the Constitution. They were against the big governments in Europe .... and would oppose the return to big government that has been incrementally developing since FDR and accelerated during Obama's first term. I want the big spenders out of office ... both in the democrat party and in the republican party. And I want you all who support Obama to give voluntarily to those in need ... and get your hands out of my pockets.

    July 30, 2011 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  13. Neurotoxin

    "Contact your representative" campaigns by opposing politicians are pretty pointless to begin with. Anyone who is subscribed to Obama's re-election campaign Twitter acct 16 months before the election is a pretty obvious safe vote for Obama and Dems in general, so I'm afraid Ron Johnson isn't going to urinate himself when a flurry of people start contacting him in response to such a campaign – they weren't going to vote for him anyway. Politicians have statistical measures to determine their popularity and likelihood of re-election, contact campaigns are not representative of the electorate's leanings as they are limited to those who voluntarily participate, it's Sampling 101. And while we're on that topic, I'm pretty sure the statistics are available on what percentage a "natural burn rate" is after a tweet campaign, and using those we could tell if 33K out of 9M is "natural" or excessive. Why doesn't the author of the article research THAT if he wants us to know whether it's honestly "backfired".

    July 30, 2011 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  14. Ken

    And why do they have time to "tweet" ... on twitter

    July 30, 2011 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  15. Zana

    Both parties are at fault here, all of them bickering about what's best for their party and how the other party is wrong. What they're not talking about is what's best for the people. A terrible economy is about to get much worse because of their bickering. Thanks congress. They don't give a dang about us.

    July 30, 2011 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  16. Dennis

    Wow, Obama explodes the U.S. debt by 45% in just 2 yrs so Republicans say we may want to cut back spending a little and they're called every name in the book. Sounds like democrats are crack addicts who are addicted to spending other peoples' money and will go to any means to keep spending without any kind of a reality check. Time for democrats to either grow up or get into some kind of counseling.

    July 30, 2011 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  17. JP0

    "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."

    If a Republican said it it can't be true. I doubt that he's had any thoughtful interactions with democrats or anyone else.

    July 30, 2011 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  18. Bev

    I appreciated Obama's tweet of my congressman's twitter handle; I sent him a flurry of comments and not all about the debt.

    July 31, 2011 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  19. Slash

    Oh man, guys, his TWITTER

    This is SERIOUS

    July 31, 2011 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  20. todd

    nov. 2010 was epic,,, nov2012 is going to seal the deal and destroy the commies forever!!!

    July 31, 2011 02:59 am at 2:59 am |
  21. Jim Garcia

    Why don't you explain it to us Claudia? I've been a Republican for 37 years and this is the first I've heard that my party is instilling "APARTHIED". What are you talking about Claudia? My goodness girl, there are better black men to listen to. Try "full blooded" black men like Tom Sowell or Walter Williams. Those are 100% black men if thats what you need and they'll tell it straight. Look them up!!!

    July 31, 2011 05:47 am at 5:47 am |
  22. Jessi Peluso

    I have an idea, why dont Obama step up and volunteer to donate to our deficit and encourage other fellow americans to do so also? How many Americans donate money and give money away a year just for a tax write off? Why cant we do this for our country? If we all “donated“or “give“ so much to our deficit for one year couldnt we still get it passed as a write off? That way taxes dont increase and medicare and social security dont get right off the bat. I DARE Obama to propose this idea! This is our country, if the government cant compromise to better both sides then why dont U.S. Citizens step up and help our country with this crisis? We fight for our country with war, why not with our brains too? Our citizens are to smart to let our country fall!!

    July 31, 2011 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
  23. parkypundit982

    Yes. Let's report what a Republican says about Obama and treat it as if it were real news. CNN, you are a joke.

    July 31, 2011 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  24. Rami

    Kidding me? 33,000 and made the news? Woow. I'm glad it was not like 300,000... Good God it would be the headline on CNN. Get real and report the news CNN.

    July 31, 2011 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  25. susan

    face it folks, Obama couldn't lead a pack of chickens, he's a idiot and has no experience and I believe is the worst president America has ever seen. He's destroying American, he's clueless. What a crying shame what he is doing or not doing for America.

    July 31, 2011 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
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