Obama’s twitter barrage loses him 37,000 followers as approval rating hits 40 percent
(DAILY MAIL) President Barack Obama alienated 37,00 twitter followers last night with scores of tweets urging followers to contact their local Congressman over the debt deal.
With his approval rating sitting at an all-time low of 40 per cent amidst the debt crisis, tens of thousands of Americans unfollwed the President to avoid the deulge.
The president’s staff sent a total of 118 tweets asking his followers to write their Republican lawmakers to demand a compromise on debt legislation.
The first tweet read: ‘The time for putting party first is over. If you want to see a bipartisan #compromise, let Congress know. Call. Email. Tweet.’
The president’s campaign then sent out dozens more, calling out Republicans by state and urging followers to ask for a debt compromise.
But what followed was a mass exodus, as frustrated followers ‘unfollowed’ Mr Obama – by the thousands.
By the time @BarackObama sent its last tweet on the subject of debt, he was nearly 37,000 followers light.
One Twitter account holder, who posts as @giiiiina wrote: ‘@BarackObama why are you blowing up twitter?!’
The National Journal reported his loss may have been Republicans’ gain, as GOP senators added about 6,500 new followers Friday.
Still, other Twitter users offered their support for the president and commended his campaign.
@Revcrenshaw wrote: ‘@BarackObama Stay strong Mr President they are just trying to make you look bad.’
On Friday, a Gallup poll revealed Mr Obama’s approval rating slumped to a personal low of 40 per cent, after he held 50 per cent support.
Despite the fact that the president only identified Republicans by name, White House spokesman Jay Carney defended his actions as ‘bipartisan.’
Mr Carney told Fox News: ‘What the president has called for is for those Americans who believe that we need compromise in Washington to communicate that to their members of Congress – that can be Democrats or Republicans.’
The Washington Post reported that the mixed reactions are likely to be studied by the White House’s Office of Digital Strategy, which has been trying to bolster its Twitter network.