He Said WHAT?! Obama Has Never Used Twitter

November 16th, 2009 | 6 comments | Posted by Jen

The internetz is spazzing out today over a bomb Obama dropped Sunday at a town hall meeting of university students in Shanghai, the third stop on his Asia tour. When asked if the Chinese should be able to “use Twitter freely”–Twitter and Facebook are both blocked in China–our president, who has 2.6 million followers on the social networking platform, said:

Well, first of all, let me say that I have never used Twitter. I noticed that young people — they’re very busy with all these electronics. My thumbs are too clumsy to type in things on the phone.

Obama also addressed those little matters of censorship and human rights, calling freedom of expression and religion “universal rights” before the Chinese government-selected crowd, but never mind that.

The takeaway here, OBVS, is that Obama has never used Twitter. Because all the blogs are talking about it, it’s become, like, this big internet meme overnight, and it’s one of the hottest trending topics on Twitter at the moment, right up there with  “bad romance,” the Lady Gaga single, and “Stephen Jackson,” a recently-traded basketball player.

You know, like the stuff that really matters?

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6 Responses to “He Said WHAT?! Obama Has Never Used Twitter”

  1. Cindy says:

    I always assumed there was a social media czar to handle FB and Twitter updates.

    Did people REALLY believe that the POTUS was doing all the Barack Obama updates? …Once again, Jen, I’m with you on the “Why is this news?”

  2. Simon says:

    It’s unnews. It should be no surprise that the most important person in the United States would have time to update Twitter and the dozens of facets of social media connected to him.
    I think people should have guessed as much when Facebook pages of celebrities turned out to be run by PR and personal assistants.

    Spoiler: Santa Claus doesn’t exist btw.

  3. Jen says:

    Santa doesn’t exist? Whaaaaaaaaaaaa?

  4. Cindy says:

    No Santa??!! When did this site become about dismantling ALL of my illusions? I’m going back to bed.

  5. [...] asked, “Should we be able to use Twitter freely?” Obama gave a quite shocking (but not really) response as he admits “Well, first of all, let me say that I have never used Twitter. I noticed that young [...]

  6. keoni says:

    It’s news- that the whole world doesn’t revolve around MS, FB, Twtr.- the galaxy does? Never been there and don’t plan on it. I mean, really- who cares? Spend the time more productively- like I should be doing now………so off to work- yippee.

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