[VIDEO] Rep. Justin Amash reacts to report on ‘tweetability’ of President Obama’s speeches: ‘I’ve never heard of this idea’

Oliver Darcy
Former Reporter

Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich) reacted on Wednesday to a report that suggested President Barack Obama’s (D) speechwriters craft his best lines for easy dissemination on Twitter.

“I’ve never heard of this idea of writing speeches to make them suitable for Twitter,” Amash told Campus Reform.

Amash, a rising star in Congress and social media guru, added he has “never done anything like that.”

On Tuesday, Yahoo News published an article examining the “tweetability” of President Obama’s speeches.

WATCH: Rep. Justin Amash talks about the 'tweetability' of President Obama's speeches

“After noticing how aggressively the main White House account was retweeting the president’s drone speech, we got curious as to whether the president’s speechwriters were actually crafting his speeches to fit in Twitter-friendly increments,” the article said.

“Of the 50 major speeches Yahoo news analyzed, in every case at least half of the lines were under 120 characters,” it concluded.

In the sit down interview, Amash also told Campus Reform it is important to use tools like Twitter and Facebook to reach a younger audience.

“Well, I think it is important to reach out to people through social media,” he said.

Follow the author of this article on Twitter: @oliverdarcy. @KCTimpf also contributed to this report.





Oliver Darcy

Oliver Darcy

Former Reporter
Oliver Darcy is the former editor of digital media for Campus Reform, where he was tasked with reporting on waste, fraud, and abuse taking place on our nation's college campuses. Additionally, he was responsible for editing the website’s video content and graphic design. Prior to joining the Leadership Institute, Oliver founded ExposingLeftists.com, a video driven website dedicated to exposing the inherent failures found at the core of liberal philosophies. He is currently Oliver holds his bachelors of arts degree in political science, with an emphasis in both International Relations and American Politics, from the University of California at Merced.
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