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kgrifant said in February 25th, 2009 at 11:35 am

That is so ridiculous—maybe Congress should invest in one of those cell phone scramblers!

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Rima said in February 25th, 2009 at 1:04 pm

Hah! Seriously. If I can’t get iPhone reception in some of the theaters at the AMC @ Park Street in Boston, they shouldn’t be able to get it in the hallowed halls of Congress!

I can’t believe they think it’s kosher to behave like this. Call me old-fashioned, but I think it’s a sign of disrespect to both our president and the American people. I also think it’s really irresponsible. Do they pay attention in session, or do they text then, too?

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GoddessJenn said in February 25th, 2009 at 1:16 pm

That is absolutely ridiculous. Talk about narcissism! What is so much more important than the president talking to you that it can’t wait 45 minutes??

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Rima said in February 25th, 2009 at 1:24 pm

Obviously, Jenn, the importance to Sen. McCaskill centered on telling the world that she gave a “woohoo” for Justice Ginsberg [sic]. If the world didn’t know that she woohoo’d, they might not like her as much or sit next to her at the homecoming game.

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thomas said in February 25th, 2009 at 7:53 pm

I really think twittering during the president’s speech is not something worth getting annoyed about.

Congressmen aren’t there to listen. Most of those guys already know everything about each others platforms. It’s when they are behind the scenes in phonecalls and meetings that they make up their minds, or change them. It’s not like a class of students that needs to learn biology. These guys already know the subject. Sitting in the audience is more a mandatory performance than anything else.

Sitting there, is mostly a waste of time for them (outside of being seen on camera). So twittering is actually informative and connects the public to our politicians. So I think it can be a good thing, depending on what the guy says.

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Rima said in February 25th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

Tom: Valid point and good response as always. But I think the “what” the guy says, as you point out, is really important.

Congressmen and women could use these tools to inform the public about matters related to what the president says–in fact, I’m sure many do. But to avoid this, I feel, is a sign of disrespect to both the president and the people.

Sure you and I (and most people) know that the politicians already know what’s going on and what’s going to be said. But I feel like they should also show that they care about the issues and aren’t ignoring them completely. It just looks bad.

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thomas said in February 25th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

I definitely agree with that. The comment about a sports game was ill advised. :D

it would be cool if some news organization would have a running message board at the bottom of the tv screen of the comments made by official twitters from the congressmen in the room DURING the speech. Maybe that would inspire some smart twittering…though I’m not a big fan of the comment system.

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Rima said in February 25th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

Now THAT’s forward thinking. Once again, good call.

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thomas said in February 25th, 2009 at 10:16 pm

thanks Rima. :)

btw…your comment balloons get me in the mood for some chocolate……

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Ryoken said in February 25th, 2009 at 11:25 pm

I’d do the same.. seriously, we the people might find what he has to say interesting.. But someone in politics hears all the same “We can we must change is gonna come blah blah blah” all the time..

I’d bring a laptop and play L4D, or listen to an iPod..

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Douglas Luckett said in February 26th, 2009 at 9:19 am

Off the subject of congressional twitterers and on to the subject of celebrity twittering (specifically the Yoko Ono stuff you mentioned on the page), I think it’s entirely unsurprising that a celebrity of any caliber might want to send you a personal message. The way you put yourself out there openly and publicly in the manner that you do, you seem very credible. Not just like some weird creeper fanatic. Nobody likes a weird creeper fanatic… Just saying.

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myridean said in February 26th, 2009 at 3:21 pm

Twitter response in 140 chars: Celebs and politicians that are in touch with their fans are cewl but worklife should be their main focus ;)

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