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Opinion: Obama White House loves BlackBerry but bars Twitter

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Barack Obama’s White House, home of the famously BlackBerrying president and first lady, has blocked online access to Twitter.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs made the admission today (see C-SPAN video below), while acknowledging that he does not Twitter because the world knows enough already about what he’s doing.

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And the presidential spokesman says he doesn’t really know why the chief executive’s offices have blocked access to the popular social networking site. Maybe to avoid taxpayer-funded tweets that cost 140 characters.

In fact, the president himself allegedly Twitters in two places, @WhiteHouse and less frequently, @barackobama

But now we know the staff will have to rely on their own non-work devices to keep up with the boss’ tweets.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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