President Obama Using Social Media to Pressure Congress on #My2K

By Tim Sohn 

It’s no secret that President Barack Obama’s team knows what it’s doing when it comes to social media. Today, the president in an address from The White House urged the public to tweet using hashtag #MY2K telling their congressional representatives not to raise taxes on the middle class.

If Congress doesn’t renew the George W. Bush-era tax cuts, taxes for middle-class families would go up by $2,200 (for a family of four) in 2013. A number of budget cuts and tax hikes, including this one, will automatically take effect if a deal isn’t reached in time, sending the United States over the so-called “fiscal cliff.”

Standing behind the president during his address were a number of middle-class Americans who would see their taxes increase if Congress doesn’t reach a deal and the president sign legislation before the new year.

“If there’s one thing I’ve learned; when the American people speak loudly enough, lo and behold, Congress listens,” Obama said.

A tweet from the president’s account, @BarackObama, which was posted at approximately 12:13 p.m. today, says: “Call your members of Congress. Write them an email. Tweet it using the hashtag #My2K.” —President Obama

The tweets are already pouring in, and #My2K was already trending on Twitter by the end of Obama’s remarks. Here is a sampling of posts:

@debfene: @SenJohnMcCain I’m already using money from my 401k to make house payments due to long term unemployment. $2000 is 2 mortgage pymts. #My2k

@Cheekipet: @GovKitz $2K hike means not enough $ for heart meds.You WILL KILL ME. I’m a Democrat. Republicans under 200K have power, too.#My2K.

@philbowser: @SenJeffMerkley Pls deal w/ fiscal cliff 1st, THEN tackle entitlements! #my2k

@NerdyWonka: @RepJohnCarter @RepLloydDoggett the middle-class doesn’t need a tax hike while the wealthy gets another tax cut. #My2K

@karieso: @SenShelbyPress $250k is NOT middle class though. please bring this to light. #my2k

@DeafRanger: @SpeakerBoehner Make the Dems FIRST make spending cuts 1ST!!! Then discuss tax reform. STOP SPENDING FIRST! #my2k #tcot @gop

Click here to view all #My2K posts as they stream in.

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