Obama Pushes the Button

No one else was doing it for him this time

By Asha Beh
|  Tuesday, Jan 19, 2010  |  Updated 11:28 AM EDT
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U.S. President Barack Obama sends his first ever Twitter message during a visit to the Red Cross Disaster Operations Center January 18, 2010 in Washington, D.C.

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President Barack Obama has finally done it.  He officially joined Twitter Nation, if only to push a button Monday to send out a tweet for the first time. 

The President and the First Lady were visiting the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C. at the time and decided to announce it to the Twittersphere, thanks in part to a regular tweeter at the organization.  The employee typed the message, and the president pushed a button to send it out to the masses. 

Let the record show that the first official tweet sent by an American president was:

President Obama and the First Lady are here visiting our disaster operation center right now.

And there was much rejoicing at the Red Cross headquarters.  The tweet writer was ecstatic:

President Obama pushed the button on the last tweet. It was his first ever tweet!

Of course, Obama is still using a ghostwriter for his microblogging on Twitter and sure, some are wondering, why is he only tweeting now, for Haiti, when there are so many other crazy things that have been happening in the world, like the crotch bomber, for one.

But hey, it's a start, right?

Meanwhile, it seems that Karl Rove's special "Verified Account" badge on his Twitter account was out for three whole days.

@Twitter Anyone with a Verified Account had verified status disappear? Not seeing the verified account logo that used to be on my profile?

Oh, the travesty! Fortunately for the former George W. Bush henchman, one of his fans rallied to the rescue, prompting Rove to let all know:

"Verified" account status is back! Odd that it disappeared but happy to provide you all some extra assurance! #TCOT #SGP

Whew. We can all rest easy now that Karl is back. At least he does his own tweets.

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