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Barack Obama and the Mother of All #FollowFridays

U.S. President Barack Obama spewed out a barrage of tweets today, at least one of which he wrote personally, urging voters to contact their Republican representatives and “ask them to support a bipartisan solution to the deficit crisis.”


The time for putting party first is over. If you want to see a bipartisan #compromise, let Congress know. Call. Email. Tweet. —BO
@BarackObama
Barack Obama

“The time for putting party first is over. If you want to see a bipartisan #compromise, let Congress know. Call. Email. Tweet. —BO,” the president wrote. Then his team proceeded to tweet out state-by-state in alphabetical order the Twitter handles of Republican representatives (they’re currently on “i.”)

Earlier this week, Obama urged Americans to contact their reps during a prime-time address. They did en masse, taking down or making unreliable the Web sites of Speaker of the House John Boehner and others. (My colleague Arik Hesseldahl wrote a killer headline for that one: “Obama: I Want YOU to Crash John Boehner’s Web Server.”)

If nothing else, Obama’s tweets will likely bump up the follower accounts of a good many representatives’ Twitter accounts. It’s a #FollowFriday in true Twitter fashion.

See also: Harry Reid’s Plan to Save America From Default Using Wireless Spectrum


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