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Twittering the White House Briefing

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs makes his maiden voyage today. ANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

Today at 1:30 p.m. Robert Gibbs will take to the podium to deliver his the first briefing as White House press secretary in the administration of President Barack Obama.

Gibbs has been practicing for this day for months -- with the help of media consultant Anita Dunn, a close friend of Obama world. "Robert is ready on Day One -- or Two, to be accurate," said Dunn about Gibbs' debut.

And, what better way to capture the sights and sounds of the first briefing than via the magic of Twitter? (For those of you who followed the Fix twitter feed during the presidential debates, you know what to expect.)

Make sure to tune to the Fix at 1:30 for our running riffs on Gibbs' performance. You can follow our tweets below our through Twitter.

And, while we're at it, don't forget to vote for the Fix in the finals of the Shorty Awards -- Twitter's competition for best politics tweeter out there.

  • Fix poll: We plan to twitter two or three daily WH briefings a week. Do we do it on this feed or create a separate one? about 3 hours ago
  • And it's over! Thanks for tweeting along with us. Make sure to check out The Fix and post.com for more on the briefing. about 20 hours ago
  • Gibbs nearing the 60-minute mark. This is like a title match at Wrestlemania. about 23 hours ago
  • 22nd question: Kirk Victor (National Journal). Huge SF Giants fan and all around great guy. 1 day ago
  • 21st question: Jeff Zeleny (NYT). That's two for the Times. 2 days ago
  • "Any Given Sunday" Not a great movie. 2 days ago
  • "He believes it is a way of keeping touch with votes." Research in Motion begins ad campaign around those words. 2 days ago
  • As Gibbs continues on, Prez Inaug Committee sends out email touting whitehouse.gov site 2 days ago
  • Blackberry question! YES! "The president has a blackberry through a compromise that allows him to stay in touch with senior staff" 2 days ago
  • Gibbs riffs on Obama's unique ability to bring two parties together to solve economic crisis. Central test for Obama. 2 days ago

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By Chris Cillizza  |  January 22, 2009; 12:00 PM ET
Categories:  White House  
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Comments

What was with all the "shout-outs" to the media corps? If the twitter comments were only intended as back-slapping for that audience, why not send the reporters a mass email with the twitter link instead of putting it on washingtonpost.com?

Posted by: johnc_80 | January 22, 2009 6:56 PM | Report abuse

or---dump the site in your FAVORITES very quickly...before it changes again.

((( hearty smiles )))

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | January 22, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

I hope you plan a regular piece about the press conference as well. Twitter may be great "in the moment," but it's tiresome to have to go through several pages of tweets in reverse order, then read them page by page (always starting at the bottom and reading up) until you get to the fizzled out end. Do a few paragraphs that give us your impression of whether it went well, whether unexpected people were called on or not, how it's different from other press conferences. This is too pointilist a way to report on a past rather than ongoing event.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | January 22, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

scrivener:
the NSA Surveillance "debacle" was all Former President Bush's. Based on the USA Patriot Act.

What would be good now is to write on WHITEHOUSE.GOV, how you would like to DE-authorize the USA Patriot Act.

However, for the topic of the first White House briefing; I would like to know if questions are going to be taken and if they are going to honor Helen Thomas with the first question.
It would be very cool.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | January 22, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

What a uniquely uninformative way of covering the conference.

Posted by: bsimon1 | January 22, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

I don't think this should be called "twittering". I think it should be "dribbling" or maybe "drooling".

Posted by: mikem1 | January 22, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

SCRIBES:

ASK GIBBS WHETHER THE WHOLESALE NSA SPYING ON JOURNALISTS IS PART OF A MUCH BROADER MULTI-AGENCY (ACTION CENTER?) PROGRAM OF 'EXTRAJUDICIAL TARGETING AND PUNISHMENT'...

DONE BY PERVASIVE SURVEILLANCE AND COMMUNITY 'GANG STALKING' BY CITIZEN VIGILANTES AFFILIATED WITH GOVERNMENT COMMUNITY WATCH AND POLICING PROGRAMS AND ANTI-TERRORISM UNITS SUCH AS 'INFRAGARD.'

SEE THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE:

http://my.nowpublic.com/world/plea-obama-ban-extrajudicial-policies-behind-torture

OR http://my.nowpublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | January 22, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

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