Twitter Updates

  • President Obama is about to hold a televised press conference – I will be live tweeting this event. #
  • Obama arrives for his press conference… #
  • Obama: want to give update… this crisis didn’t happen overnight… took many years to get here… no silver bullets… we have a strategy #
  • Obama says Recovery package is working to provide jobs… tax cuts to 95% of families. #
  • Obama says home mortgage refinancing is equivalent of another tax cut #
  • Obama says 3rd prong is to get credit rolling again #
  • Obama says bubble and bust economic cycle has to change. #
  • Obama says reinvest in alternative energy, schools, health care reform, cut deficit in half this term. #
  • Obama calls for renewed confidence and determination. #
  • First question to Obama: Regulation of financial institutions – why should the public sign on for companies to be taken over? #
  • Obama says govt has no capacity to deal with institutions like AIG, unlike banks – need authority over institutions posing systemic risk #
  • Why should people trust govt to handle that kind of authority? #
  • Obama: look at bank regulation – we need the tools. #
  • Question to Obama: why have you not asked public to sacrifice something specific? #
  • Obama: Folks are sacrificing left and right – eg. parents for school, workers on reduced hours. #
  • Obama: Energy, Health, Education need investment to support people and build sustainable growth. #
  • RT @BreakingNewsOn: President Obama, in national news conference, says “we are beginning to see signs of progress” against financial crisis. #
  • Obama: steps already taken on housing, small business, liquidity in financial system can get economy moving again. #
  • RT @TheRealMcCain: House Republicans miss Obama’s news conference http://tinyurl.com/dh7om3 #
  • Question to Obama: Will you sign a budget that does not contain middle-class tax cut & cap and trade system? #
  • Obama: reiterates importance of energy, health reform, etc. I am confident the budget will reflect those priorities. #
  • Obama: We have to move to a new energy era, to cleaner energy sources – cap and trade is the way to do this. #
  • Obama: I haven’t seen a finished budget yet from Congress – confident in outcome. #
  • Question to Obama: Debt will increase 7 trillion over next few years – isn’t this passing problems to next generation? #
  • Obama: I’m inheriting 1.3 trillion deficit from Republicans. Our budget assumes growth rate of 2.6% – this helps control deficit. #
  • Obama: Here’s what I know – if we don’t reform health, invest in energy, infrastructure etc, we won’t grow. #
  • Obama says critics have not presented an alternative budget. #
  • Obama: we are cutting out wasteful spending in health, Pentagon – we will eliminate programs that don’t work. #
  • Obama: A budget is a snapshot of what we can get done now – over time we will have to make adjustments to promote growth. #
  • Obama: I’m not going to lie to you – it’s tough – that’s why critics don’t offer an alternative. #
  • Question to Obama about Mexican border violence… #
  • Obama – we are helping Mexican govt, continue to monitor, will do more if necessary. Need to ensure illegal guns not flowing to drug cartels #
  • Question to Obama: where do you plan to find savings in defence and veterans budgets? #
  • Obama: Budget has largest increase in veterans funding in 30 years. Savings should come in reforms to procurement system. #
  • Obama: current procurement system doesn’t work – McCain agrees with me on this. Politics of this is tough- active lobbyists, etc. #
  • Obama: We need to be honest about what these costs are – eg. Iraq war costs. #
  • Question to Obama: why is Andrew Cuomo getting more done on AIG bonuses than you are? Do you worry you daughters will inherit bigger mess. #
  • Obama: We have accumulated a structural deficit that is going to take time to change – must reduce health costs to achieve this. #
  • Obama: Health is a problem in private sector as well as govt programs. #
  • RT @KevinRuddPM: Photos of PM with President Obama just posted on Flickr http://cli.gs/TpQTMa #KevinPM Team #
  • Obama: Alternative to reform is standing pat on health, energy, growth. That is not the better option. #
  • Question: Why did you wait days to express AIG outrage? I like to know what I’m talking about before I speak, says Obama. #
  • Question about an international currency. Are you comfortable with China and European govts expressing concern about the US dollar? #
  • RT @SkyNewsAust: Former PM gets top UN job: Former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark has been appointed… http://tinyurl.com/c2tdbj #
  • Obama mentions talking with Kevin Rudd today….! #
  • Obama: The US dollar is strong right now – investors consider the US economy strong, with most stable political system. #
  • Obama: US image abroad will be improved by US leadership on these issues – do not believe there is need for international currency. #
  • Question to Obama about tax policy for charitable donations… #
  • Obama talks of changes to tax write-offs for donations and shifting this from top 5% to the rest. #
  • Question: Are charities wrong when they say this will reduce charitable giving? #
  • Obama: Yes. Best thing I can do is fix the economy, get people back to work, etc. #
  • Question to Obama: 1 in 50 children now homeless – what do you say to these families? #
  • Obama: I’m heartbroken by this. Best thing I can do is ensure their parents have a job. #
  • Obama: Homeless problem was bad even when the economy was good. We are initiating a range of programs, especially for veterans. #
  • Question to Obama on race: has the issue of race come up in discussions, reactions? Has it been a color-blind time? #
  • Obama: The last 59 days have been about fixing the economy… repeats earlier points. #
  • Question to Obama about stem cell research funding. Have you wrestled with this issue? #
  • Obama: I wrestle with these issues every day. Issues on my desk by definition are difficult issues. The guidelines we provided meet the test #
  • Obama: Stem cell research is the right thing to do to find cures for various diseases. #
  • Obama: Scientific consensus is not enough, is always a moral and ethical element. But this was the right and ethical thing to do. #
  • Last question to Obama about peace in Middle East. How realistic are hopes now? #
  • Obama: It’s not easy. Don’t know what Israeli govt is going to look like, ditto Palestinian leadership. But the status quo is unsustainable. #
  • Obama: We need a 2-state solution. Appointment of George Mitchell shows our seriousness on this issue. #
  • @DHughesy No, it does not meet the literary definition of “irony”…. in reply to DHughesy #
  • Obama talks of moving in the right direction in Middle East, cites Iran video. #
  • RT @tobyharnden: #Obama – No questions from Reuters, Wash Post, NYT, WSJ (again). Big MSM gnashing of teeth. #
  • Obama: Confident after first 60 days that we are getting things moving in the right direction. #
  • Obama: This is an ocean liner not a speed boat – big changes take time. #
  • President Obama has concluded his press conference. 13 questions asked. Very tame affair by the standards of a Westminster democracy! #
  • Wolf Blitzer says Obama was trying to express calm and hope. #
  • Campbell Brown says this was a chance to turn the page away from the anger of the past week. #
  • John King on CNN cites the choice of questioners as evidence of Obama reaching out – Iraq never once mentioned during conference – new times #
  • RT @tobyharnden: #Obama Solid unexciting performance. Big focus on economy. No mistakes, Not sure how mny sceptics will hv bn won over. #
  • Meanwhile at the GOP: RT @newtgingrich: Having a great italian dinner at capri restorante .. with callista and her mother bernita bisek #
  • Bill Bennett claims Obama went through “murderers row” of questions tonight, had a rough night. [You must be joking!] #
  • @Twisty58 This press conference was mild by the standards that apply elsewhere in the world. The President even chooses the questioners! in reply to Twisty58 #
  • RT @abcnewsMelbrne: Ex-police media director Linnell avoids jail: http://tinyurl.com/cc5sdg #
  • @videoezy Wondered where you’d got to. in reply to videoezy #
  • Cleavage and sleevage shouldn’t kill a career – http://tinyurl.com/cps6fw – Josephine Tovey on the Hanson photos #
  • Treasurer Wayne Swan is holding a press conference on State spending… #
  • Swan announces that the Federal govt will provide a temporary guarantee for State borrowing. #
  • State Treasurers have met with Swan today. Troy Buswell (WA Premier) and Andrew Fraser (Qld Treasurer) support boost to infrastructure. #
  • @markparton Where were you when Marcus Einfeld needed you?! in reply to markparton #
  • Swan says States have been hit by global financial crisis and need Federal support to maintain infrastructure spending. #
  • Swan says credit is flowing well in Australian economy compared to other countries – due to bank guarantee. #
  • #Qldelection09 – RT @abcnewsbrisbane: Six seats undecided as election count continues – http://tinyurl.com/da8vyn #
  • #Qldelection09 – unless there is dramatic turnaround in doubtful seats, final result of election will be ALP 51, LNP 34, Ind 4 – Total 89 #
  • #Qldelection09 – Likely final result of election is a net loss of 7 seats for Anna Bligh’s Labor government. #
  • RT @SkyNewsAust: Swan: guarantee available for existing & new issuances of debt securities but not to issuances in foreign currencies. #
  • @ninakatya Sorry, was what me? Please explain? in reply to ninakatya #
  • Temporary Guarantee of State Borrowing – Statement from Treasurer Swan: http://tinyurl.com/cvrg6q #
  • Jingle Mail & Zombie Banks – http://tinyurl.com/dcrnvc – a guide to the new economic lexicon. I liked “brickor mortis”. #
  • RT @GStephanopoulos: Report Card: Obama and Press Both Score Well http://tinyurl.com/dylxd6 #
  • RT @msnbc_politics: Transcript of presidential news conference http://tinyurl.com/cc2oem #
  • 3 Australian soldiers wounded in engagement with Taliban – http://tinyurl.com/c6j5pj – statement from Defence Dept. #
  • New approach to news gathering marries the web with traditional sources: http://tinyurl.com/d4hpkn #
  • Laurie Short, former Sec of Federated Ironworkers Association, has died, aged 93 – http://tinyurl.com/chw9e2 – key role in 1950s ALP split. #
  • @GrahamY Final tally of 51, net loss of 7? in reply to GrahamY #
  • Just read this intriguing analysis of the Twitter F2F ratio of UK politicians – http://tinyurl.com/cgecq6 – displacement activity? #
  • RT @abcnewsMelbrne: Vic Opposition leader Ted Baillieu shrugs off leadership questions – http://tinyurl.com/dfvc69 || Viable alternative? #
  • RT @BuzzNewz: China calls for new global currency (AP) – http://tinyurl.com/dymjbk || It won’t happen but it symbolises changing fortunes. #
  • Facebook could be monitored by UK government – http://tinyurl.com/covfy3 || The future of social networking is by no means clear yet… #
  • Turn off auto DMs: http://turnthisthingoff.com #
  • @bellabacchante Your blog is a good read too – http://www.bellabacchante.com/ – You’re on a winner: why aren’t you monetising it? in reply to bellabacchante #
  • @carolinericardo I understand “New Zealand TV” is a contradiction in terms… in reply to carolinericardo #
  • @jmarskell I predict it will be as successful as Esperanto. in reply to jmarskell #
  • Why isn’t @KevinRuddPM following me? Surely any port in a shitstorm will do? #
  • @RicRaftis I don’t believe you just did that…. in reply to RicRaftis #
  • Anyway, at least @PremierMikeRann talks to me. I’m moving to SA. #
  • @RicRaftis Remember what Bill Hayden said about being called mate by the heavies in the NSW Labor right: like getting flowers from the mafia in reply to RicRaftis #
  • RT @adamgresty @andrewsayer Melb Twitter Meetup tomorrow night: Workshop Bar, L1, 413 Elizabeth Street 530pm (FB Page) http://tr.im/hM6u #
  • Neither of these men follow me: http://tinyurl.com/c3rb9o #
  • Dilbert: It is a known fact that every project has at least one irredeemable imbecile. #
  • @Zensunni Good comics chronicle our times. in reply to Zensunni #
  • Gen Alan Stretton is on 7.30 Report – http://tinyurl.com/5orczq – putting a very persuasive case for getting out of Afghanistan. #
  • @RicRaftis I’m under… in reply to RicRaftis #
  • RT @mashable: “10 Ways to Build Your Blog Community with Twitter” – http://tinyurl.com/ck6jsy || Very useful tips on smart Twitter use. #
  • FriendOrFollow – http://friendorfollow.com – indispensable tool for careful culling. http://tinyurl.com/52pnb3 #
  • @nicolejensen – just about to unfollow you till I saw request for proof of human qualities. #
  • There is life after impeachment: RT @ViewsNews: Blagojevich to host morning talk show http://tinyurl.com/dk73oj #
  • RT @dsmpublishing: Latest Article: What determines the Twitter follower order http://tinyurl.com/clhpet #
  • @FollowWatch Thanks, I know about it – working on culling the unsociables now! in reply to FollowWatch #