President Obama sent the fifth tweet of his presidency, asking people to share stories about what the payroll tax cut extension would do for them, as he battled it out with Republicans over the issue.
The president wrote Thursday night, "Thanks to all who shared #40dollars stories. Today's victory is yours. Keep making your voices heard - it makes all the difference. -bo"
The White House says the average person will save $40.00 per paycheck on a $50,000 salary, and is encouraging people to write in, tweet with the trending topic of #40dollars and put up Facebook posts about what $40.00 would do for them.
Republicans have been pushing for a long-term fix and disagree with the administration on how to pay for it, with House GOP holding up much of the impasse. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell signaled his approval of the short-term fix and urged House Republicans to do the same. Finally Friday morning, the House approved the two-month extension.
The initials "bo" mark that Obama actually typed and tweeted himself, as opposed to generic ones sent out by staffers under his handle.
Obama is the first president to tweet while in office, and has sent four others this year.
Here are the dates and tweets the president has sent, on a wide-range of topics from deficit to the U.S. women's soccer team:
7/06 - "in order to reduce the deficit,what costs would you cut and what investments would you keep - bo"
7/17 - "To the women of our national soccer team: Sorry I can't be there to see you play, but I'll be cheering you on from here. Let's go. -BO"
7/29 - "The time for putting party first is over. If you want to see a bipartisan #compromise, let Congress know. Call. Email. Tweet. -BO"
10/27 - "This dinner is important because I'm only president thanks to the work of millions of Americans like the four I just met. -BO" (he was tweeting about a dinner with campaign contest winners)
12/22 - "Thanks to all who shared #40dollars stories. Today's victory is yours. Keep making your voices heard - it makes all the difference. -bo"