Politicians tweet while ‘listening’

January 13, 2016

WASHINGTON – House Speaker Paul Ryan looked like he was working hard at keeping a poker face as he sat behind Barack Obama during the president’s final State of the Union address. Behind the scenes, though, Ryan—or at least someone from his team—was firing off critical tweets from Ryan’s official Twitter account just as Obama was calling for more civility in politics.

Barack Obama is applauded by House Speaker Paul Ryan and Vice President Joe Biden while delivering his final State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in Washington January 12, 2016. REUTERS/Evan Vucci/Pool

“Our economy is weak. Wages are stagnant. 45 million people are living in poverty. This is not good enough, Mr. President,” Ryan tweeted minutes into Obama’s speech.

“This isn’t a real path forward to restore a #ConfidentAmerica,” he said in another post.

Obama did call out Ryan – applauding him for his effort to end poverty, a policy position Ryan has been touting for the last week. The president pointed to a tax credit the two could agree on.

Even when it was over, Paul remained highly critical with a heavy dose of snark.

“I can’t say I was disappointed by the president’s speech, but that’s because I wasn’t expecting much,” Ryan posted on Twitter.

Twitter took to jabbing at Ryan for looking bored during the speech, with critics pointing out that he wasn’t even applauding policy positions he agrees with.

Even Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee pointed out Ryan’s seeming unhappiness.

“Looks like [Ryan] would rather chaperon a Six Flag field trip with El Chapo than listen to more of this speech,” Huckabee wrote on Twitter, referring to the recently recaptured Mexican drug lord.

Ryan may be the most visible and vocal voice in the Republican establishment. But he wasn’t the only one taking swings at Obama while the president was  calling for cooperation between the parties.

Presidential hopeful Ben Carson tweeted consistently through the speech about the 10 American sailors who were being held by Iran – despite that fact that other Republicans had already acknowledged that Iran already plans to send them home.

Senator Rand Paul complained on Twitter about the address being too long. And he wasn’t even there.

 

 

 

 

 

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