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?