President Barack Obama with with Twitter's co-founder Jack Dorsey, hosted the first ever Twitter Townhall last night. During the event, President Obama made the first live presidential tweet ever on a MacBook Pro. Besides using a Mac, President Obama shared his praise for Apple, but mentioned that he would love to see device parts manufactured in the United States.
Here's what the President tweeted:
"We the People" became more like "We the Tweeple" on Wednesday, as President Obama answered questions about the still-sluggish job market and broader economy in his first-ever Twitter town hall.
Sitting at the White House with Twitter Co-founder Jack Dorsey, Obama took questions from 18 Twitter users, or so-called tweeps, and responded via a live webcast online.
To kick off the event, he sent out a tweet about deficit reduction, perhaps the most pressing issue facing his administration and Congress right now.
"in order to reduce the deficit,what costs would you cut and what investments would you keep - bo," the President wrote.
"I think people might not have been prepared for how long this was gonna take ... I take responsibility for that."
"After embarking on a record spending binge that's left us deeper in debt, where are the jobs?" he tweeted.
"Eventually, I'm sure the Speaker will see the light," he said.
About 140 people sat in the live audience in the White House's East Room, representing the 140 characters allowed in a tweet.
Twitter selected eight "seasoned users" to vet the questions, both in advance and in real time, during the event.
"Neither the President, nor I know the questions that will be asked today," Dorsey said, prior to the event.
The Twitter town hall follows a similar Facebook town hall Obama hosted in April.
About an hour after the event wrapped up, it had garnered more than 169,000 tweets, a Twitter spokeswoman said.