Forget the prime-time interviews or the formal, choreographed news conferences. President Barack Obama is taking to Twitter to muse about sports, pop culture, even Supreme Court rulings — at all hours of the day.
The White House has used Twitter to promote the president's views for years, but mostly in a highly scripted manner, with tweets composed by press aides and released at strategic times. Only occasionally would Obama post to Twitter himself.
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Now Obama is composing his own tweets almost daily, giving the president a real-time venue to weigh in on issues of the day from any location, without the filter of his press office. He's using the new, personal Twitter account @POTUS that he inaugurated earlier this summer.