Ex-Presidents and Social Media

by AdMavericks on February 15, 2010

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Happy Presidents Day … which, unless you work for the state or for a bank, means very little. My apologies for the Point Break “Ex Presidents” reference, but thought a post about ex-presidents and social media might be fun. Yes, we went there.

I was talking with fellow Ad Maverick (@tomflynn3) about which former presidents would have been social media rock stars if the medium would have existed in their time. A couple of thoughts came out of this ridiculous conversation.

“Honest Abe” – Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, “I cannot tell a lie,” would have received major style points from the social media pundits on their truthfulness, as well as from David Chapelle for “Keepin’ it real.”

Richard Nixon did the right thing when he resigned over the Watergate scandal, but probably lost his “tweet cred” when he uttered “I am not crook.” He most certainly would have received the wrath of Claire Celsi, who while only four at the time, was probably already Crayolablogging and instructing Al Gore on how to invent Twitter.

You think Harry S. Truman could have used a PR Crisis plan during World War II? What would that multimedia release looked like? Can you imagine the comment section of his blog?

Jimmy Carter would have boycotted social media.

JFK would have have probably been too tied up with legal “blockades” to truly be an effective social media rockstar.

Ronald Reagan – known as the great communicator. He may have been too long winded for Twitter, but probably had enough content to be an excellent blogger.

Best Twitter Handle? Dwight Eisenhower’s: @I_Like_Ike

Worst Twitter Handle: @MillardFillmore – really? Millard?

Grover Cleveland – We talk a lot about comittment to social media but Grover may have been the only one who could have tweeted for four years, stopped for four years, and then come back just as relevant!

George W. Bush – Like taxes, he might have cut some things. Twitter now 70 characters.

George Bush Sr. – “Read My Lips” as a viral video on YouTube would have hurt the approval rankings.

Bill Clinton – Can you imagine the photo albums and status updates on Facebook?

Best Tweeter would be George Washington with his brevity – while not 140 characters, the 2nd presidential inauguration was the shortest in history.

Happy Presidents Day everyone!

Author: Josh Fleming / Tom Flynn III

Disclaimer: This post is supposed to be humorous in nature and not take a political slant to the right or to the left or up or down, so please don’t jump on the comment section calling us fascists, socialists, or claiming we subscribe openly to some political point of view. I’ll quote Ferris Bueller:

“I did have a test today. That wasn’t b.s. It’s on European socialism. I mean, really, what’s the point? I’m not European, I don’t plan on being European, so who gives a crap if they’re socialist? They could be fascist anarchists – that still wouldn’t change the fact that I don’t own a car. Not that I condone fascism, or any ism for that matter. Isms in my opinion are not good. A person should not believe in an ism – he should believe in himself. I quote John Lennon: “I don’t believe in Beatles – I just believe in me”.  A good point there. Of course, he was the Walrus. I could be the Walrus – I’d still have to bum rides off of people.”

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Claire Celsi February 15, 2010 at 1:53 pm

I am honored to be mentioned in the same sentence as Al Gore, who is a natural leader and visionary. Thanks for writing this post, Josh. I'm sure Al Gore thinks Twitter is cool. And I know he's read Ad Mavs.


Kelly February 15, 2010 at 1:58 pm

Excellent post to try and brighten up a holiday rendered obsolete by most institutions! And I absolutely love that the term "Crayolablogging" was used.

Claire, although I disagreed with you about Katie Couric, I do love your feedback here. (Yes, I creep. A lot.) If anyone could have been blogging at the age of four, it'd be you.


joshuafleming February 15, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Oh Claire and Kelly, I feel like we've really reached a milestone here. Group hug at 5 p.m. at our offices? I'll bring the tissues.


Claire Celsi February 15, 2010 at 2:05 pm

Check out this video, which at one point was on MTV. Me and Al Gore at about 2:37 and 2:40. Rock on Al. And think about how wrong the premise of the video was (that Al Gore and George Bush were the same, and the answer for all problems was RALPH NADER for God's sake).


Claire Celsi February 15, 2010 at 2:06 pm
Claire Celsi February 16, 2010 at 5:15 pm

Oh, and lest we forget (head bowed in respect) Al Gore was really a president but had the election totally stolen from him.


joshuafleming February 17, 2010 at 9:28 am

Congrats, Claire. You are the first person to ever comment three times in a row on our blog. Sorry, no trophy for that. : )

Also, we are thrilled to provide a platform for your liberal agenda. However, we just got a message from the year 2000 saying they wanted their GOP slams back. Again, smiley face. : )


Kelly February 17, 2010 at 1:26 pm


Posts/comment threads like this are the reason why I love this blog. Aside from overall, unspecified awesomeness.


joshuafleming February 17, 2010 at 3:03 pm

Thanks, Kelly, always glad to entertain. You're too kind. : )


joshuafleming February 17, 2010 at 3:22 pm

FYI – A comment was removed because of profanity. Let's keep it clean people. Thanks.


Kelly Rivard February 17, 2010 at 4:47 pm

…was that me?


joshuafleming February 17, 2010 at 9:30 pm

No Kelly, it wasn't you. : )


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