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Social media, Obama, and political campaign


Just today, I had an interesting email from Twitter informing me of a new tweet. Since I am a tweeter (although not a frequent one), Twitter often sends notices of new tweets. The subject of today’s email: “Barack Obama has Tweets for you.”

You can imagine how that made my day -- not but this isn’t the first message I’ve received from President Obama. These days, it’s routine to have messages from all the politicians. It’s a sign of the times that they all use social media, but how they use it is interesting.

For instance, the message in this tweet was most intriguing: Obama is selling “Made in the USA Mugs.” He wrote in the tweet: “There’s really no way to make the conspiracy about President Obama’s birth certificate completely go away, so we might as well laugh at it and make sure as many people as possible are in on the joke.”

There was a cute little smiley photo of B.O. and it said, “Tweeted by Barack Obama.” Of course, he (or his campaign) wants you to share the tweet with as many friends as possible. Seems that his Republican rival, Mitt Romney, is trouncing him with fundraising, forcing our president to get fairly desperate to raise more funds.

In June, he was asking his contributors to support a new fundraising idea: “Got a birthday, anniversary, or wedding coming up?” his campaign blogged. “Let your friends know how important this election is to you register with Obama 2012, and ask for a donation in lieu of a gift.

“It’s a great way to support the President on your big day. Plus, it’s a gift that we can all appreciate and goes a lot further than a gravy bowl.” Ya think? I think such a suggestion takes audacity of the first order, but you have to admit that it is a gift that “keeps on giving” or taking, as it were.

This campaign from the White House is totally without class. The latest stunt comes from Democrat stooge Harry Reid who is badgering Romney for not showing the last 10 years of his income-tax returns.

Since Romney has only released two years of his returns, Reid claims that Romney has not paid his income taxes for 10 years. First of all, if anyone in Romney’s position had not paid his taxes, the IRS would be all over him. The absurdity of this claim, however, escapes the establishment media, as do most things that require common sense.

I have an idea for Romney. He could send a tweet of his own. How about this? “I will release all my tax returns, birth certificate, and everything else, when you release your medical records, college transcripts, and financial aid payment info.”

I guarantee that this would end the current debate over Dirty Harry’s unfounded accusations, because then the conversation could turn to the economy.

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