Obama gained attention from the Twitterati simply for showing up and engaging with them, taking questions posted around the US on broadly economic themes, from the debt ceiling to taxes and education spending.

Piers Fawkes, PSFK
  • 7 july 2011

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This article titled “Barack Obama becomes first US president to host a Twitter town hall” was written by Ed Pilkington in New York, for The Guardian on Wednesday 6th July 2011 22.35 UTC

As America’s 44th president, it’s not that easy for Barack Obama to make history. Think of any original act by an incumbent of the Oval Office – bugging a political rival, say, or not having sexual relations with an intern – and they’ve already been done.

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