Obama Uses Twitter to Defend His Legacy

Trump spokesman says tweeting won't stop
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 2, 2017 3:07 AM CST
Updated Jan 2, 2017 6:45 AM CST
On Twitter, Obama Hails 'Remarkable Progress'
President Obama speaks during a news conference in the briefing room of the White House last month.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Obama isn't the most prolific Twitter user out there, but he's making some use of the @POTUS handle while he still can. In a series of seven tweets on Sunday, Obama defended his legacy and the "remarkable progress" made during his presidency in areas including job growth and access to affordable health care, CNN reports. "From realizing marriage equality to removing barriers to opportunity, we've made history in our work to reaffirm that all are created equal," he tweeted. "It's been the privilege of my life to serve as your President. I look forward to standing with you as a citizen. Happy New Year everybody."

There have been 340 tweets from Obama since he got his own account in May 2015, while Donald Trump has posted 34,202 since joining Twitter in 2009. The Guardian reports that the man lined up to be Trump's White House secretary, Sean Spicer, said Sunday that Trump will continue to use Twitter to announce policy and comment on current events after he becomes president later this month. "You know what? The fact of the matter is that when he tweets, he gets results," said Spicer, who described Trump's use of Twitter as a way to bypass the mainstream media. (On New Year's Eve, Trump taunted his enemies on Twitter.)

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