Thursday, July 07, 2011

Remarks by the President in Twitter Town Hall | The White House

A Twitter usage consideration for Speaker of the House John Boehner: it’s not optimal to ask blatantly biased and open-ended questions when you’re limited to 140 characters and your debate partner, in this instance the President of the United States, has an open microphone and can respond in paragraphs (check the link below for the full transcript)

MR. DORSEY:  And our next question comes from someone you may know.  This is Speaker Boehner.

        THE PRESIDENT:  Oh, there you go.  (Laughter.)

        MR. DORSEY:  “After embarking on a record spending binge that left us deeper in debt, where are the jobs?”  And I want to note that these characters are his fault.  (Laughter.)

        THE PRESIDENT:  First of all --

        MR. DORSEY:  Not his fault, not his fault.

        THE PRESIDENT:  -- John obviously needs to work on his typing skills.  (Laughter.)  Well, look, obviously John is the Speaker of the House, he’s a Republican, and so this is a slightly skewed question.  (Laughter.)  But what he’s right about is that we have not seen fast enough job growth relative to the need.  I mean, we lost, as I said, 4 million jobs before I took office, before I was sworn in.  About 4 million jobs were lost in the few months right after I took office before our economic policies had a chance to take any effect. 

Remarks by the President in Twitter Town Hall | The White House

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