Obama Bashes Bloggers; Bloggers Prove His Point

Those same bloggers and journalists whom Obama criticized took to Twitter to punch right back at the president.

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Matt Vasilogambros
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Matt Vasilogambros
Oct. 17, 2013, 7:41 a.m.

There was one par­tic­u­lar line in Pres­id­ent Obama’s speech on the morn­ing the gov­ern­ment re­opened that got some at­ten­tion among the Wash­ing­ton me­dia:

All of us need to stop fo­cus­ing on the lob­by­ists and the blog­gers and the talk­ing heads on ra­dio and the pro­fes­sion­al act­iv­ists who profit from con­flict and fo­cus what the ma­jor­ity of Amer­ic­ans sent us here to do, and that’s grow this eco­nomy, cre­ate good jobs, strengthen the middle class, edu­cate our kids, lay the found­a­tion for broad-based prosper­ity, and get our fisc­al house in or­der for the long haul. 

“The blog­gers.”

And in fit­ting fash­ion, those same blog­gers and polit­ic­al journ­al­ists whom the pres­id­ent bashed took to Twit­ter and proved his point in a way:

Whoah whoah. Obama says we have to stop fo­cus­ing on the “blog­gers”. Little close to home there, Prez.

— The Fix (@TheFix) Oc­to­ber 17, 2013

Why does Obama hate blog­gers?

— Matt Yglesi­as (@matty­glesi­as) Oc­to­ber 17, 2013

YEAH STOP FO­CUS­ING ON THOSE DIRTY BLOG­GERS

— delrayser (@delrayser) Oc­to­ber 17, 2013

No, we need to pay MORE at­ten­tion to the blog­gers and also click their ban­ner ads more.

— Philip Bump (@pbump) Oc­to­ber 17, 2013

Obama: “we need to stop fo­cus­ing on […] the blog­gers” The TP of­fice: BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

— Hayes Brown (@Hayes­Brown) Oc­to­ber 17, 2013

Blog­gers Against Obama dot tumblr dot com

— Za­ck Beauchamp (@za­ck­beauchamp) Oc­to­ber 17, 2013

Obama to blog­gers: dis­respect

— John Gap­per (@johngap­per) Oc­to­ber 17, 2013

Not the blog­gers!

— Eth­an Klap­per (@eth­ank­lap­per) Oc­to­ber 17, 2013

Blog­gers!

— Stefan Beck­et (@stefan­jbeck­et) Oc­to­ber 17, 2013

Call­ing out the blog­gers?!

— ig­or­vol­sky (@ig­or­vol­sky) Oc­to­ber 17, 2013

WAR ON BLOG­GERS

— Ben White (@morn­ing­money­ben) Oc­to­ber 17, 2013

yeah, well, ig­nore obama

— max read (@max_read) Oc­to­ber 17, 2013

POTUS just spiked the foot­ball in Twit­ter’s face

— Jon Favr­eau (@jon­favs) Oc­to­ber 17, 2013

Obama, whose cam­paign of course touted blogs, now wants to ig­nore them. :( Flip flop!

— Aman­da Ter­kel (@ater­kel) Oc­to­ber 17, 2013

Obama to blog­gers: drop dead

— Dav­id Joachim, NYT (@dav­id­joachim) Oc­to­ber 17, 2013

Call­ing for blog­gers re­bel­lion meet­ing at Tor­tilla Coast!

— Jon Ral­ston (@Ral­ston­Re­ports) Oc­to­ber 17, 2013

The en­emy: Blo­g­bari­ans at the gate

— Mi­chael Tack­ett (@tack­ettdc) Oc­to­ber 17, 2013

I don’t think Obama was re­fer­ring to MSM blog­gers. But maybe he was?

— Aaron Blake (@Aaron­BlakeWP) Oc­to­ber 17, 2013

Obama still talk­ing?

— Jeremy Stahl (@Jere­myS­tahl) Oc­to­ber 17, 2013

who could have pre­dicted that “blog­gers” line would res­on­ate on twit­ter?

— E Mc­Mor­ris-San­toro (@Evan­Mc­San) Oc­to­ber 17, 2013

They fell in­to the trap.

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