Skip to comments.Pro-Obama hashtag backfires on Twitter (AttackWatch)
Posted on 09/14/2011 8:10:50 AM PDT by tcrlaf
A new Twitter hashtag designed to help fight misinformation against President Obama appears to have backfired in early use on Wednesday.
President Obama's Twitter feed, which is run by his campaign staff, on Tuesday evening started promoting the new website AttackWatch.com and hashtag #AttackWatch, designed to fight misinformation against the president.
The hashtag was already in heavy rotation by Twitter users by Wednesday morning, but many users are conservatives such as columnist Michelle Malkin, who offered up her own daily column as an example of an Obama "attack."
The website is meant to be "the first line of defense against a barrage of misinformation," according to an email from Obama's campaign manager announcing the launch on Tuesday.
Businessman Herman Cain, a Republican presidential hopeful, also responded to the announcement of the website on Wednesday.
"Seriously?" he tweeted.
Someone tell me how to participate. I have a twitter account, but don’t know how to use the “hash tag”...what do I do?
Some of the tweets to AttackWatch:
New Black Panthers were “ never “charged in voter intimidation? Did u know we have a racist attorney General?
somebody I know keeps calling POTUS dumb! Please release his college transcripts so I can prove him wrong!
Hey #attackwatch, I saw 6 ATM’s in an alley, killing a Job. It looked like a hate crime!
Drawing a blank here.... What do you call a leader who encourages people to inform on neighbors, co-workers... Don’t tell me...
People are calling our President the Fresh Prince of Bill Ayers, that’s not allowed is it?
I heard those evil Koch Bros started a new hashtag called #attackwatch
My co-worker keeps making fun of Obama’s ears. Do I get to pick which reeducation camp you send him to?
Help me #attackwatch, someone is trying to force feed his peas to me!
How about that . . . a Brownshirt website, Brownshirts at the voting booths, a DOJ that won’t prosecute “black” crimes against Americans, an illegal alien muslim in our White House . . . We’ve come a long way, America!
The responses on the twitter feed are awesome, with a few Obama-bots sprinkled in here or there.
The WH made a hash of it? Again?
@attackwars I heard that the evil tea party people were suppressing voters in NY9 please investigate!!! #AttackWatch
Just write your post on twitter, then put #attackwatch on the end of your tweet.
Then your tweet shows up on everybody’s #attackwatch searches and timelines.
Now the actual "rat out your neighbor" page is openly at http://my.barackobama.com/page/signup/o2012-attackwatch-report-an-attack
He can't just brush it off as "overenthusiastic supporters" now.
More tweets To AttackWatch:
Dear #attackwatch the White House press corpse laughed when Carney said that Obama was indeed campaigning, but only for jobs.
Hey @Attackwatch, some bicycle messenger snotted on me as he rode past. Can you do something about that immediately?
Keith Olbermann needs to be investigated for his attacks on reason.
The head of Obama’s Jobs council, Jeffrey Immelt, is sending lots of jobs to China. Please stop him @attackwatch
Ok @attackwatch there’s something that’s been bugging me for years—can you *really* put lipstick on a pig? Which end is recommended?
#attackwatch: there is a Communist in the Oval Office!
Hey #attackwatch, some group named Attackwatch is making Obama look like a fool..
I saw a 400 lb woman at the store buying a giant tub of ice cream w/ food stamps. I thought we were all supposed to eat peas? #attackwatch
Those are all great. That one is just killer! :-)
This would be a gold mine for the late night talkers, if they weren’t all democrat functionaries.
eg: People are calling our President the Fresh Prince of Bill Ayers, that’s not allowed is it? #Attackwatch @AttackWatch
Go to Twitter and under search type #AttackWatch
If you can't figure it out FReepmail me and I'll give you my twitter account and help you that way.
hashtag - someone please explain this to an old goat FReeper. I monitor twitter mainly to follow some news tweets. I see a lot of @’s and #’s but don’t really know what it represents.
LOL! Never heard that one.
Can I ask a stupid question?
Of course all politicians do opposition research. But has any president ever taken what sounds like a paranoia about what is being said about them to this level?
I’ve never heard of this sort of situation before, in which the White House wants you to report what is being said about the president or Democrats.
It makes me think that this president is overly concerned about political back and forth, and overly concerned about negative things that are said about him. If he spends too much time worrying about what people are saying about him, how does he have time to do his job?
And of course his staff and campaign workers will end up spending big amounts of time simply reviewing all of this information of what people are saying about Obama, rather than doing other things.
Dear #AttackWatch I’d like to report the Dos Equis guy. Hes claiming to be the most interesting man in the world. You told me Obama was!
Who was the rocket scientist genius on the Obama Election team that thought Attack Watch is a good idea?
Dear #AttackWatch Im still trying to understand why anyone wants to attack watches.
#AttackWatch I noticed my neighbor doesn’t have Obama’s official portrait hanging on her living room wall.
#attackwatch is an example of how a social media strategy can backfire on you inside of 24 hours #fail
Someone accused the president of using intimidation tactics to stifle free speech.
the @barackobama chart claimed that passing the “stimulus” would have us at 6.5% unemployment today. You’d better investigate.
Man there’s some great stuff - this one has been retweeted over a 100 times:
There’s a new Twitter account making President Obama look like a creepy, authoritarian nutjob: @AttackWatch
I think BP made an obscene profit of .30 cents when I filled up my tank this morning.Can you investigate how much the Feds got?
Democrats, you better get real, real quick and...broom POTUS Obama. Hang in there with this empty suit, incompetent, ego maniac, anti-American, POTUS Obama and you will go down to a devastating defeat with him come, November, 2012!!! Get to Obama, and force this idiot to resign as soon as possible and take, moron, VP, Joe Biden with him. Time is running out fast, Dems!!!
employers can b sued by interviewing & not hiring unemployed , no company will interview unemployed. y risk it. MAJOR ATTACK.
LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! People are creative in their responses, please...post some more. Heck, I may even have to break down and get a device and join twitter. Thanks for posting...
biting hard on inner lip to keep from laughing way too loud in office...
The best one I’ve read thus far:
I’d like to report the Dos Equis guy. Hes claiming to be the most interesting man in the world. You told me Obama was!
oh man...this stuff is priceless!! stuff like this makes this administration look more like Hitler every day.
People are calling our President the Fresh Prince of Bill Ayers, that’s not allowed is it?
Now that’s funny, I don’t care who you are!!!!!
This is beautiful. I think a guy once wrote a rulebook that advised ridiculing your adversaries. I love irony!
I reported Steve Wynn.
Every day I shall turn one in from a DNC supporter that has turned or finally awakened.
I don’t have a twitter account, but I am thinking of joining JUST to help put stuff out there!
More AttackWatch Tweets:
cow farts are melting the ice caps. Investigate.
Hey #attackwatch, I just saw a kid opt out of apples with his Happy Meal!
Dear #AttackWatch: I would like to report a man named Jeremiah Wright for interrupting Obama’s Sunday naps with racist tirades.
If someone tells lies about obama in “austrian” language, do you still consider that a lie?
I report George Orwell & his novel 1984. His description of future makes people jump to the wrong conclusions about BHO.
Dear @attackwatch, some guy is saying that freedom is NOT slavery, war is NOT peace, and ignorance is NOT strength! Stop him!
LOL! Those are good.
PING for good political humor.
just add #AttackWatch to the end of your tweet. Think of hash tags like keywords are here.
HELP! #attackwatch Dunkin Donuts had no toasted coconut donuts this morning!
Dear #Attackwatch, please explain to the stupid bitter clingers how taking 2 jets to the Vineyard IS shared sacrifice. Thank you.
Hey #attackwatch Conservatives are causing global warming by making so much fun of you.
Dear #attackwatch my neighbor kept his flag up overnight and there was no light on it. Yes, it was the American flag. Can you help?
after joining #attackwatch (know thy enemy) will I get an arm band, flag or other national socialist swag?
I would like to report my coworkers for not refilling the coffee pot.
Jews have figured out that you hate them. Are you going to arrest them?
dear #attackwatch, please help a union thug threatened me last week in Detroit
Dear #AttackWatch I would like to report umbrellas because theyre a GOP conspiracy to cause rain!
The guy next to me just farted. #attackwatch Better report him to the EPA
a recent report
I heard the TEA Party is working on a teleprompter virus! This could be devastating! #attackwatch
I wish to report Sen Harry Reid said Obama is -”light-skinned”
and having “no Negro dialect unless he wanted to have one.”
He is at
522 Hart Senate Office Bldg
“Dear #AttackWatch Im still trying to understand why anyone wants to attack watches.”
Paranoia? Enemies lists? 3 words ...
Barack Milhous Obama
It’s a valid question. The actions you speak of are part and parcel for a deeply disturbed narcissist. In their fantasy world everything revolves around them and everyone else is simply an actor on their stage to do his bidding. When the actors start misbehaving against the narcissist, he’s willing to take whatever action necessary to get them back into line. This is nothing compared to what he is really capable of doing as a narcissist whose finds his world collapsing around him.
Read responses here:
Even MORE Attackwatch Tweets:
Nancy Pelosi says that for every dollar spent on Food Stamps, 1.73 comes back. How come the ghettos aren’t rich?
I’d like to report myself. I spend half the day complaining about Obama. can I bring my cat to the camps?
Hey @attackwatch,I saw TeaPartiers vandalize & destroy $millions of property last month.Wait no,those were #Union thugs!
Dear #attackwatch I haven’t been able to figure out how to scam the system, please send a re-education trainer to help me out.
Dear @AttackWatch : Weather maps on TV only show 50 states. WHAT HAPPENED TO THE OTHER SEVEN?
after joining #attackwatch will I get arm band,flag,other national socialist swag?/No,German2Arabic dictnry
You know, when the demwits who created this site pull it. Someone else should re-create one and keep this going.
I think Nixon was pretty darn paranoid.
(Although, are you 'paranoid' if people really are out to get you?)
But in any case, he had the dignity not to hang it out there for all the world to see, didn't have a "1-800-TattleOnNixonsEnemies" hotline, e.g.
Hey #attackwatch, I have it on good authority that a radical muslim has sucessfully infilterated the White House. Please investigate.