That award goes to health care, which the president has mentioned on Twitter eight times since his much-hyped debut on the social media platform.
Today's decision is a victory for every hardworking American. Access to quality, affordable health care is a right, not a privilege.
— President Obama (@POTUS) June 25, 2015
A simple word cloud of the president’s tweets — 70 as of Wednesday (not including retweets) — shows a digital list of priorities topped by health care and climate change. He’s also made some frequent references to the White House, “honor,” and the word “today.”
Because carpe diem, right?
On the topic of health care, the president has used Twitter to chide states that haven’t taken advantage of Affordable Care Act expansions to Medicaid, and he’s responded to concerns over the ACA’s effect on the cost of insurance. On the environment, he praised Pope Francis for his writing on everyone’s responsibility for taking care of the planet.
And on guacamole, he seized the buzz around one of those peculiar moments in Internet culture that perhaps only the Twitter hivemind understands.
respect the nyt, but not buying peas in guac. onions, garlic, hot peppers. classic. https://t.co/MEEI8QHH1V
— President Obama (@POTUS) July 1, 2015
Obviously these tweets don’t set — or necessarily reflect — the president’s real-world priorities. He’s held virtual Q&As on health care and climate change, which bumped those two issues to the top of the list, but has addressed several other issues in the “real world” in 2015.
What the word cloud does show, however, are the topics Obama wants to draw attention to online. As announced by the president in his debut tweet in May, and confirmed by the AP’s Josh Lederman in an article Tuesday, Obama really is commander-in-chief of the @POTUS operation.
That’s opposed to @BarackObama, which is run by the Organizing for Action staff.
“Obama is composing his own tweets almost daily, weighing in on issues of the day from any location, without the filter of his press office,” the AP story says. “Obama gives his team a heads up before he tweets, and his staff says he sometimes agrees to tweet about topics his aides suggest.”
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