Obama said he doesn’t Tweet

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Journalists are harped on to be original, accurate and honest. Students in school are told to do their own work, because having someone else do it is just like cheating. In one case, this doesn’t seem to hold the same for President Barack Obama.

At a town hall meeting in Shanghai, China, Obama admitted he never used Twitter. Followed by 2.6 million, Obama’s Twitter account is highly popular and lists over 400 Tweets.

Questions were limited at the Nov. meeting, but one of the Chinese youths in attendance asked the president, “Should we be able to use Twitter freely?

After admitting he didn’t use Twitter, he showed support for free speech by saying he wished information didn’t flow with such ease, because criticism isn’t always what he wants to hear.

Continuing, Obama said it’s apart of our free world of information and makes him a better leader.

Here’s some criticism: if schools are preaching honesty and accuracy and businesses are expected to uphold correct practices, then shouldn’t that be projected from the highest of levels?

The presidency is like a school of learning or a business of profit at times, as the appointed officials continually solve problems, make important decisions and learn from mistakes. These are historical thoughts.

Through history, presidents have enlisted others within their cabinet to write their speeches, so is Twitter content in the same arena as speeches, or is this different?  If they’re the same, shouldn’t the president deliver the material?

The president is busy, and he has important issues to be addressed, but then why label the Twitter account with his name. Should it identify Obama as the posting author when he’s not, or should it be called something else? Maybe call it the Organization of Barack Obama or Barack Obama News?

Relevant information is posted on this account, regardless the name, giving viewers a look into Obama’s everyday events. By that, should the president even use Twitter in this information-rich society? Or, should he leave it alone and wait for journalists to publish comments from a press conference or a presidential address?


9 responses to “Obama said he doesn’t Tweet

  1. This really disappointed me. I do think it’s important even for the president to use social media sites like Twitter. I think it keeps them more connected with the people of the United States, as well as makes them more accessible to the public. I think Obama was able to get in touch with a younger audience by using sites like Twitter throughout the campaign. Too bad he wasn’t really the person behind all of the tweets.

  2. Is it relivant that he appointed someone else to maintain that connection? He still gets the information out to these younger audiences. Can he still maintain the support of these audiances even though he’s not directly giving the content?
    Again, speeches are not always written by the president, so does Twitter content fall in the same relm?

  3. I think it’s relevant for readers of Obama’s tweets to know who is actually tweeting. Isn’t it almost more credible for the writer of the tweets to say who it is, rather than pretending it’s Obama? Obviously they’re “in the know” enough to write the tweets, why not take credit?

    It’s an excellent idea for the president to tweet – so why doesn’t he write his own, and tweet once a week? That would barely take any time, and then he could be completely responsible for what goes into the Twitter-sphere with his name on it.

  4. In the article from the huffingtonpost.com, the president said he didn’t tweet because he has clumsy fingers. Do you think this is a lack of ability or a lack of care? I mean, if he truly can’t type, then it’s excusable. Seeing as he’s a younger president, this excuse doesn’t seem logical. Is this further disregard to “put in the work?”

  5. I think that if you have a Twitter account, especially one that is your name and/or organization, it should be that person doing the Tweets. I wouldn’t be interested in following some unknown person’s updates, so why falsely make me care? I mean how hard is it to type a blurb on your own? If you can’t handle it, having a Twitter account isn’t required after all. I just don’t think it’s something critical enough to have someone else do for you…ya know?

  6. Does the illusion of Obama actively engaging in Twitter make the account more popular? Does the president show his care for the social media types by keeping the account active? By falsifying the account, whether on purpose or accidental, it does get people interested.

  7. I wondered if the President actually tweeted. Now I guess I know. I think the illusion factor plays pretty heavily into it. There is a popularity there. I also think that the President has more going on than we could ever possibly know. The fate of the nation is in his hands. I’m almost kind of glad he doesn’t tweet–clumsy fingers or not! It’s like texting while you’re driving 80 mph on the Interstate. Should you really be texting while you’re supposed to keep your eyes on the road? Let’s just say Obama is keeping his eyes on the road and having his passenger do the texting. That much, at least, is a comforting thought, right?

  8. I thought this was an interesting piece, speaking of Twitter, for budding journalists to read. It’s about coming “out from behind the byline” and engaging your readers and connecting with them in ways journalists of past generations never had the opportunity.

    Have a great semester all you J70ers. And happy social media-ing. (Did I just verb a noun?)

    Heather Shoning

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