President Obama is going beyond press conferences and the White House Web site to bring his administration to the American people: The White House has now joined the social networking sites Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.
Internet surfers who frequent those sites shouldn’t expect an E-mail back from the president about how he spent his weekend. But "people who join these groups can speak to one another, and we can see what they're saying," says White House new media director Macon Phillips.
The top postings on each of the three sites this morning range from the mundane to serious policy.
On MySpace appears a picture of the president, with a football in hand, petting the First Dog, Bo. Perhaps that’s an effort to produce an image reminiscent of the Kennedys.
The Twitter posting reads: “In Praise of Fair-Minded Words at Notre Dame: In the commencement address at Notre Dame University, the Presiden.. http://tinyurl.com/odnwybabout 15 hours ago from twitterfeed”
The White House’s Twitter site is probably not where you’d want to go for a conservative critique of that speech.
As for Facebook, the latest posting comes from Christina Tchen, director of the White House Office of Public Engagement.
Nothing too earth shattering here: “Since the Inauguration, I have been the Director of the Office of Public Liaison, and our staff has had a busy hundred days reaching out to local and national groups across over four dozen different areas.”
The president himself has made an effort to stay connected with the latest technology. He went to great lengths to assure he could use his Blackberry device amid concern it could pose a national security risk.
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