|November 16, 2009|
|Obama Breaks Hearts in TwitterLand|
|By Kevin McCauley|
|President Obama has broken the hearts of many of his followers. |
They had great expectations of the president, who is turning into a master of the oversell. Campaign promises such as closing Gitmo pronto, job creation, global warming legislation, a healthcare private option, pulling out of Iraq/Afghanistan have fallen way, way, way by the wayside. And that's only after just about 10 months in office.
Could things get worse? In the immortal words of Sarah Palin: You Betcha.
The latest and perhaps cruelest blow to some die-hard Obamiacs comes from Shanghai. It was during a question and answer session with Chinese students that the president uttered, according to the White House transcript, these words:
"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." What! Say it ain't so Mr. President.
Your 2.7M Twitter followers have breathlessly awaited your next Tweet. Their hearts are now broken. Faith in you is shattered. Didn't you warn Twitterers about "smoke and mirrors" used by the insurance industry to destroy the Democratic health bill. Are you saying those really weren't your words of encouragement thanking people for phone calls made to Congress or expressing deep personal gratitude for the work of the First Lady?
What about those clumsy thumbs? Aren't you the guy addicted to his BlackBerry? Did you tap out messages with your toes?
There were reams of stories about you gallantly fighting for the right to use your personal BlackBerry while in the White House. The Chicago Tribune reported Jan. 22 that you claimed to have kicked the nicotine habit [Did you really, now?] but still have a BlackBerry jones. It read:
“After once vowing that the Secret Service would have to pry the device out of his hands, Obama now has worked out an arrangement that lets him hang onto the tool despite the concerns of his security advisers.” The New York Times (Jan. 9) noted as the most prominent BlackBerry user, your endorsement—if you could charge for it—would be worth millions.” You had a second career as pitchman or at least a board seat at BlackBerry maker, Research in Motion, if the White House gig didn’t work out. Forget about that now.
Obama is confessing to Chinese kids about clumsy thumbs. Oh well, I guess we were all just taken for a ride.
It's kind of sad, but we are getting used to it by now.
(Image via Telegraph U.K.)
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