The White House, as we all know, is very savvy when it comes to exploiting the power of social media. Obama, the politician and president, has repeatedly and successfully expanded his social media presence and scored major points using Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and other digital venues. The Twitter account for the White House has more than 6.5 million followers and has issued well in excess of 20,000 tweets since Obama took office. So, it’s clear that the president and his aides consider the Twitterverse to play a critical role in the administration’s communications strategy.
It’s important, then, to monitor what the White House tweets; and it’s significant to see how and when those messages are issued. Which brings us to Thursday’s lengthy tweet to Muslims — a celebratory message describing in great detail how the president and first lady recognize and respect the various cultural aspects and Islamic traditions associated with the end of the month-long observance of Ramadan.
What’s raising eyebrows with many is the content and timing of that White House tweet to Muslims, considering that it was posted to the many millions of the president’s followers with a time stamp of 7:48 PM. That was well over an hour before the first official message went out concerning the slaughter of four U.S. Marines in Chattanooga by a suspected Islamic radical who was later killed by police — a slaughter that had taken place hours before the White House acknowledgement of it was issued.
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Below you can see a partial image of the Twitter message in which Obama offers a Muslim greeting and “warmest wishes” to those celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr.
Image Credit: Twitter/The White House
And now, here are excerpted passages of Obama’s rather poetic message to Muslims “in the United States and around the world” — passages that we put into the context of Thursday’s brutal attacks on two U.S. military installations in Chattanooga where four Marines were gunned down in cold blood by a man whose possible ties to radical Islam are now being investigated:
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Ramadan is a time to reflect spiritually, build communally, and aide those in need.
Chattanooga killings reality: The suspected gunman, reportedly a 24-year-old Muslim, must have thought Ramadan to be a time to load his weapon, open fire, slaughter fellow Americans, and leave those mortally wounded to die where they fell.
…the morning of Eid is marked with the call to prayer echoing through cities and towns across the globe.
Chattanooga killings reality: The morning of Eid was marked with the sound of gunfire echoing through quiet neighborhoods across a peaceful Tennessee city forever scarred by the attacks.
…the holiday is a reminder to every American of the importance of respecting those of all faiths and beliefs.
Chattanooga killings reality: The Muslim holiday was a time to end the lives of Americans unknown to a crazed killer who clearly had no respect for the “faiths and beliefs” of his unsuspecting victims or their loved ones.
Michelle and I hope today brings joy to all of your homes, both here in the U.S. and around the world.
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Chattanooga killings reality: There will be no joy in the homes of the slaughtered American war fighters or in the homes of their families and friends who have to deal with the tragedy of terror visited upon them. It was on a day when President Obama publicly celebrated Islamic tradition before he recognized the “heartbreaking circumstance” of the mass murder of our military heroes who fell in Chattanooga.
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