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Did Obama Use Faux Twitter Accounts to Boost His Anti-gun Crusade? (UPDATED)

Posted on the 26 February 2013 by Brutallyhonest @Ricksteroni

One Texas Republican is making the charge:

Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) accused Obama of trying to make support for his position look ObamaWinkingstronger than it really is by flooding Twitter with messages from people who don't exist.

"Obama's anti-gun campaign is a fraud," Stockman said. "Obama's supporters are panicking and willing to do anything to create the appearance of popular support, even if it means trying to defraud Congress," he added. "I call upon the president to denounce this phony spam campaign."

 Stockman said that in response to Obama's call for people to tweet their congressman in support of gun control legislation, he received just 16 tweets. But he said all of these messages were identical, and that a closer look at them revealed that only six were from real people.

"The other 10 are fake, computer-generated spambots," his office said in a press release. As evidence, he said these 10 tweets use default graphics and names, and have not engaged in any interaction with other people. Two of the tweets were sent at nearly the same time, and both follow just one person: Brad Schenck, Obama's former digital strategist.

It's terrible that anyone would besmirch the President in this way, a man of integrity and character and class.

What's that?  There's semi-related news on the integrity, character and class meme?

He's selling access?  To quarterly meetings?  And he's taking money from people who might actually be appointed to administration jobs and/or even ambassadorships?

No way.

He's not that in your face is he?:

MSNBC’s Chuck Todd criticized Monday the new fundraising efforts of President Obama’s dark money group, Organizing for Action, calling a scheme for high donors to meet regularly with Obama “the definition of selling access.”


“This just looks bad–it looks like the White House is selling access,” Todd said Monday. “It’s the definition of selling access. If you believe money has a strangle hold over the entire political system this is ceding the moral high ground.”

You know, there's only so much the American people will put up with.  I mean, when Chuck Todd is questioning his morality, who else might be getting fed up?

When Michelle Obama was introduced by Jack Nicholson most of the reporters in the media room groaned....loudly

— stevengregory (@stevengregory) February 25, 2013

WTF is Michelle doing in here? #Oscars

— Tina Brown (@TheTinaBeast) February 25, 2013

For anyone who doubted the Hollywood-Washington nexus; always happy to see Michelle Obama, but somehow, here, it's the wrong message.

— Richard Brody (@tnyfrontrow) February 25, 2013

UPDATE: Jennifer Rubin of the WaPo minced no words at the First Lady's Oscar appearance:

It is not enough that President Obama pops up at every sporting event in the nation. Now the first lady feels entitled, with military personnel as props, to intrude on other forms of entertaining (this time for the benefit of the Hollywood glitterati who so lavishly paid for her husband’s election). I’m sure the left will holler that once again conservatives are being grouchy and have it in for the Obamas. Seriously, if they really had their president’s interests at heart, they’d steer away from encouraging these celebrity appearances. It makes both the president and the first lady seem small and grasping. In this case, it was just downright weird.

It's good to know that more people are seeing these folks for who they really are though it's extremely tough not to ask... where the hell have you been?

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