Politics ’Text me!’ Obama gives America his phone number and asks what’s on your mind
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Hey America, Barack is giving you his digits.
Saying he wants to “try something new,” former President Obama gave out his phone number Wednesday and urged people to tell him whatever they want -- but only by text.
“I want to hear how you’re doing, what’s on your mind,” Obama tweeted.
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Oh and by the way, the two-term Democrat also wants to know “how you’re planning on voting this year.”
All right, let's try something new. If you’re in the United States, send me a text at 773-365-9687 — I want to hear how you're doing, what's on your mind, and how you're planning on voting this year.
I'll be in touch from time to time to share what's on my mind, too.— Barack Obama (@BarackObama)
Obama promised to respond to some of the texts.
The ex-president joins celebs like Ashton Kutcher, the Jonas Brothers, and Megan Thee Stallion on the text-based platform known as Community.
The platform has 20 million members so we’re thinking Barack may get an earful.
Despite the folksy pitch, Obama undoubtedly hopes to use the digital platform to boost engagement among voters in the weeks leading up to the November election.
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Community allows boldface names like Obama a direct line of communication to supporters, one that allows them to bypass prying reporters and nasty trolls.
You can tweak the messages by geography and demographic, a key tool when you’re trying to help Democrats and Joe Biden win the election.
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