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Capitol Hill Is All A-Twitter

Check out this very fun piece by Time's Jay Newton-Small on lawmakers' obsession with Twitter.

Her lead example is this story of how a couple of seemingly innocuous Tweets from Baghdad landed Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.) in hot water with his colleagues who felt he violated security.

And there's the story of Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) - she has a huge following on Twitter - who not only live Tweeted President Obama's closed-door meeting with Senate Democrats last week but, as Newton-Small writes, "posted 17 Tweets from the select and secretive bipartisan Alfalfa Dinner chaired by Missouri Sen. Kit Bond and attended by Sarah Palin, President Obama and Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, among others."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made a big joke of the online social networking craze at last week's annual congressional dinner for correspondents and lawmakers.

She said it's a good thing Obama is keeping his Blackberry so that his friends, instead of just calling him, can "send him a private tweet from their Twitter application on their Blackberry, which goes to his Facebook account, which sends him an email alert via text message - much easier."

By Mary Ann Akers  |  February 11, 2009; 2:32 PM ET
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I see nothing wrong with Obama keeping touch with his family with the Blackberry. He stated he wanted to keep his blackberry to keep in touch w/the American people, so we can tell him when we feel he is screwing up. He made his campaign from internet donations and the people were able to communicate w/him via internet. Most people who have a blackberry link there internet to thier blackberry.
My mother recieved E-mails from him and first lady Michelle Obama due to making donations to his campaign and current updates. I think it is about time for a President keep in touch with us,the american people, instead of the "good old boys".

Posted by: chaniquafrazier | February 14, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

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