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.

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.

Twitter to the rescue! At 2pm local time on Wednesday he stood at the White House podium and became the first sitting president to face the American people through a live “Twitter town hall”.

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