From the Department of Congressmen Tweeting Poorly: ‘Tear Down These Barricades!’

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Matt Berman
Oct. 3, 2013, 12:17 p.m.

Let this be a les­son for press teams: Be­fore blast­ing out a You­Tube missive, check to make sure it meshes well with break­ing news.

Minutes after a wo­man at­temp­ted to crash her car in­to the White House bar­ri­cades be­fore be­ing in­volved in a shoot­ing at the Cap­it­ol, Rep. Doug Lam­born, R-Colo., tweeted a de­mand for Pres­id­ent Obama to “tear down these bar­ri­cades!”

Mr. Pres­id­ent, tear down these bar­ri­cades! ht­tp://­B­J5q #Let­sTalk

— Rep. Doug Lam­born (@Rep­DLam­born) Oc­to­ber 3, 2013

“Take down your bar­ri­cades,” Lam­born said in the ac­com­pa­ny­ing video, “and let the people in!”

As one per­son on Twit­ter re­spon­ded, “Sounds like those bar­ri­cades were needed for se­cur­ity today.”

The con­gress­man, who in his floor speech was re­fer­ring to the bar­ri­ers at na­tion­al parks and monu­ments due to the gov­ern­ment shut­down, clearly meant no harm. But the tweet came at a pretty jaw-drop­pingly in­op­por­tune time.

House Speak­er John Boehner, on the oth­er hand, man­aged to nav­ig­ate Twit­ter a bit bet­ter.


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