Obama's Attempt to Chide GOP Via Twitter Backfires

Monday, 01 Aug 2011 11:25 AM

By Hiram Reisner

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President Barack Obama's re-election Twitter account lost thousands of followers Friday when his 2012 campaign resorted to using tweets to take those Republicans to task who opposed a debt-ceiling compromise, CNN reports.
 
@BarackObama Friday sent out numerous tweets listing the handles for dozens of GOP members of Congress.

“If you live in Wisconsin, ask @SenRonJohnson http://twitter.com/SenRonJohnson to support a bipartisan compromise to the debt crisis,” one tweet said.
 
Obama had called on Americans to use Twitter, and 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 email, tweet, keep the pressure on Washington, and we can get past this,” the president said.
 
But the tweet offensive may have backfired, CNN said. According to the website Twitter Counter, the account lost tens of thousands of followers.
 
According to an Obama re-election campaign official there’s a “natural burn rate” any time you send an email or tweet.

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