As she wordlessly sipped from a Big Gulp – as a symbol of the large drinks recently outlawed by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg – Palin set social media buzzing, all the more so when she held up the Big Gulp in torch-like fashion as she left the stage to thunderous applause. Palin was a trending topic on Twitter for the rest of the day.
Dr. Ben Carson, pediatric neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital, was also among those whose CPAC appearance generated a blizzard of tweeters, both complimentary and racist. Carson told of the “nastygrams” he received following remarks he gave as keynote speaker at last month’s National Prayer Breakfast. Haters hurled the N-word at him for “insulting” President Obama and for bringing up God and the Bible.
Earlier last week, CPAC speaker and new-media-savvy Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas circumvented the traditional media and used Facebook and Twitter to ask social media users to reply if their health insurance premiums have increased.
During his keynote at CPAC, Sen. Cruz used the incident to make a point, zinging the “éminence grise” of the Senate: “If standing for liberty and standing for the Constitution makes you a wacko bird, then count me a proud wacko bird,” a remark which resulted in a standing ovation and another avalanche of tweets and retweets.
My prediction for the next “Tebow-type” imagery certain to go viral: “The Palin Liberty Pose”, tweeted by Organize4Palin (O4P).
Recently First Lady Michelle Obama announced on her Twitter feed that she’d be taking questions on Monday, March 11, at 11:05 a.m. EST about her “Let’s move” campaign. Unfortunately for the First Lady, the date marked the six-month anniversary of the attack on Benghazi and the loss of four Americans. #AskFLOTUS got more, er… movement than she bargained for.
“Since they are givers, happy warriors got the questions rolling early. Let’s move? Let’s move toward truth and accountability. And so it began, kicking off with questions about Benghazi. Yes, once again Twitter users are doing the job that most in the media won’t do.”
Obama blamed the Secret Service for the White House closure. But could it be the federal budget sequester allows him and the First Lady cover because they just don’t want “outsiders” traipsing through People’s House? Naw…
Twitter reports that while thousands gathered in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican awaiting the election of a new pope, the rest of the world came together on Twitter to celebrate the white-smoke announcement of Pope Francis: “After 45 minutes of post-smoke waiting, the new @Pontifex was announced. …as anticipation mounted about an announcement, we saw over 7 million tweets about the papacy. As people reacted to Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran’s announcement of the new pope, we saw more than 130,000 tweets per minute.
“Since Pope Francis is the former Cardinal of Buenos Aires,” Twitter continued, “good wishes poured in from his home country of Argentina. In fact, the president tweeted her formal congratulations.”