Obama to Host First Presidential Twitter Townhall

Jun 30, 2011 11:47am

ABC News’ Devin Dwyer (@devindwyer) reports:   Just ten days after sending his first tweet, President Obama is ready to personally field questions from users on the social media service, the White House said today.

Obama will hold the first presidential Twitter townhall on July 6 at 2 p.m. ET, the administration said in a message to followers from the @White House account.  The live event will be tagged “#AskObama.”

But the conversation won't be wide-ranging, the administration suggested.  Obama will only field questions on the economy and jobs.

The announcement comes as Obama seeks to engage with younger, tech-savvy voters in an effort to re-energize their support for his re-election campaign.

 Last week, Obama began tweeting from his account — @BarackObama – attaching his initials ‘BO’ to the end of his messages to signify that he wrote them himself.

Obama’s Twitter and Facebook accounts recently shifted to campaign mode, featuring the president’s likeness emblazoned with his 2012 campaign logo.  They’re also now officially managed by his campaign staff, not the White House.  

President Obama has amassed more than 8.9 million followers on Twitter and 21.8 million Facebook “fans” – followings which dwarf that of his Republican challengers for 2012.

But Republicans recently announced a major Twitter event of their own: the first online presidential debate on Twitter.  Candidates will spar with each other in 140-character increments during the July 20 event, which can be followed at Twitter.com and 140townhall.com.

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