We’ll see a spike in tweets from @WhiteHouse and @BarackObama promoting the same economic policies that have delivered anemic economic growth, $17 trillion in debt, and left 12 million Americans still unemployed.
From Bankrupting America
Obama is “pivoting” once again back to jobs and the economy with a roadshow to rehash some of his previously proposed economic policies.
To mark this latest pivot, Public Notice examined the number of times the president has tweeted about “jobs” and the “economy” in last three years from his @BarackObama and @WhiteHouse handles.
And the numbers tell a clear story — we’ve seen this tweet before. Overall, jobs and the economy make up 7.4 percent of the president’s Twitter conversion, which is just under the current unemployment rate of 7.6 percent.
|Since July 2010||@BarackObama
(9,160 Tweets in timeframe)
(8,250 Tweets in timeframe)
Tweets from @BarackObama are the blue line and @WhiteHouse is shown in green. All Twitter data is pulled from Topsy, a social media analytics service. It’s worth noting that through 2012, @BarackObama was run by the president’s campaign team, but is now administered by Organizing for Action, a 501(c)(4) setup to support the president’s agenda.
The charts above show two major spikes, the first in September, 2011 when the president pitched his $447 billion “jobs” bill to a joint session of Congress. The legislation did not pass despite the 217 tweets @WhiteHouse put out in support of the legislation. The second spike is during his 2012 reelection campaign, when the @BarackObama handle was particularly active.
That said, there are numerous smaller spikes in activity, such as during this year’s State of the Union address and in April, when the debate over sequestration was front and center.
So what’s different this time around?
If past is prelude, we’ll see a spike in tweets  from @WhiteHouse and @BarackObama promoting the same economic policies that have delivered anemic economic growth, $17 trillion in debt, and left 12 million Americans still unemployed.
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