Is it done yet? That’s the oft-heard Thanksgiving question at homes across America before the bird is ready. And it had likely been the White House’s interrogatory leading up to its self-imposed Nov. 30 deadline to fix its beleaguered health care website.
The Pres must be confident it’s all systems go; his staff is tweeting it’s time to jump onto healthcare.gov and buy.
This holiday weekend is a great time for a conversation over leftovers: http://t.co/UdIBqIiMRt
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 1, 2013
Jeff Zients, the enrollment site’s Mr. Fix-It, says that there’s a "night and day" difference between the launch on Oct. 1 and today’s site, and that “in the zone of 80%” can use it.
Some, like comedian Seth MacFarlane, just ain’t buying it.
“klik here 4 insurance haha psych!” --healthcare.gov in text message form
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) December 1, 2013
Even former WH advisor David Plouffe believes it’s going to be awhile until “mission accomplished.”
Plouffe: May be years before ObamaCare works ‘really well’ http://t.co/6H14vZTPmO
— The Hill (@thehill) December 1, 2013
Those detractors who never wanted Obamacare in the first place took to the Twitterverse to continue the drumbeat for repeal.
Faulty website is but 1 symptom of Obamacare. Others: higher premiums, cancelled plans & decreased access to your doctor. Cure: #FullRepeal
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) December 1, 2013
The only thing worse for the WH than a broken Obamacare site? A perfectly functioning Obamacare site.
And even liberal Washington Post columnist Ezra Klein couldn’t help himself by taking a swipe at the Obama administration.
Happy Obamacare-is-supposed-to-work-smoothly-for-a-vast-majority-of-applicants day!
— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) December 1, 2013
For those who are trying to get coverage, the deadline to enroll is Dec. 23, for coverage beginning Jan. 1.
If you’re in the public eye – especially politics – be careful what you tweet. Josh Romney, son of the GOP's 2012 nominee, is under fire for tweeting a picture of himself smiling in front of an auto wreck to his 17,000 plus followers.
Was first on scene to big accident, see pic of car in the house. I lifted 4 people out to safety. All ok. Thankful. pic.twitter.com/j8aDzFZwla
— Josh Romney (@joshromney) November 29, 2013
Many tweeters saw it as a “humblebrag” that would have been better left unsaid. One person responded to Romney by saying: “and then you took and posted a smiley tourist-type photo of it? Bit odd.” Others were less kind:
— Lin Carpenter (@TNVOLINFL) November 29, 2013
@joshromney who tweets a pictures of themselves at the science of a car accident!?! Desperate for attention, much?
— Maria Lia Calvo (@MariaLiaCalvo) November 29, 2013
This post made it into Romney’s feed with items about hiking with Ann and Mitt, his brother’s twins, and mom’s TV appearances.
Josh has been seen as the one who would most likely follow his father’s footsteps into politics.
It must have seemed like a good idea at the time. The RNC tweeted out a picture of Rosa Parks with this quotation: “You must never be fearful when what you are doing is right.”
Except the tweet proclaimed racism is dead, which prompted a correction three hours later.
Today we remember Rosa Parks’ bold stand and her role in ending racism. pic.twitter.com/uxIj1QmtkU
— RNC (@GOP) December 1, 2013
Previous tweet should have read "Today we remember Rosa Parks' bold stand and her role in fighting to end racism."
— RNC (@GOP) December 1, 2013
As one tweeter wrote: Too late, GOP. The hashtag #RacismEndedWhen quickly caught on. h/t Mediaite
#RacismEndedWhen black was in vogue and colorblind was a term of endearment.
— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) December 1, 2013
— Daniel Drezner (@dandrezner) December 1, 2013
#RacismEndedWhen Bill Clinton played the sax on Arsenio Hall.
— Jane Doe, MD (@DrJaneChi) December 1, 2013
A battle has been raging between the WH Photographers Association and the Obama administration over which group should be taking news photos.
Photogs say there are too many events that are not recorded by photojournalists, but are taken by in-house photographer Pete Souza. National Journal’s Ron Fournier agrees and tweets out Sunday’s NYT story:
— Ron Fournier (@ron_fournier) December 1, 2013
This is a classic press access issue that’s as old as, well, the beginning of "drawing with light." Many outlets, including USA Today which issued a memo, are refusing to publish handout WH photos, saying there are exceptions involving “legitimate national security restrictions” and “very high news value.” Good for them.
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