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Barack Obama doesn't know what @BarackObama says

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Children from Central America are crossing our southern border by the hundreds, Iraq is a smoldering mess, and it's hard to say how long it might be until Israel and Palestine declare all out war, but first, some important news on presidential Twitter protocol.

When asked about who composes or approves tweets sent from the President's @BarackObama account, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest pointed out that "The @BarackObama twitter handle is maintained by OFA," which is Organizing for Action, the political organization that is the "offshoot" of Obama's campaign machinery, Obama for America. "That is a Twitter handle that is maintained independent of the White House," Earnest clarified in saying neither he or the president were aware of a specific tweet.

At issue was a July 3 "Throwback Thursday" tweet from the @BarackObama account that was posted addressing the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision.

The tweet suggests that the court's ruling means a woman must consult her boss before taking birth control, a suggestion that is simply not based in fact.

"That's the concern that this administration has," Earnest stated when asked if the president agreed with his "own" tweet. Again, Earnest noted that @BarackObama tweets are independent of the White House, suggesting that the president and White House alike are not to be held to account for the words tweeted.

@BarackObama: (un)officially representing the president 140 characters at a time.

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