The White House was in the middle of a planned Twitter Q&A @WHLive, a practice the administration has increasingly used to clarify policy topics after the president speaks. Thursday’s topic was student interest rates, and the day’s appointed question-taker, Mark Zuckerman, had just selected his first question when Twitter went down.
Zuckerman resumed the chat about 20 minutes later, when Twitter service resumed.
President Obama, who has made Twitter a cornerstone of his campaign to pressure Congress on extending interest rates, also jumped back on his account to urge supporters to use the hashtag #DontDoubleMyRate.
Members were unable to send tweets, too, but it seems the only one to notice was Sen. Patty MurrayPatty MurrayElection-year politics: Senate Dems shun GOP vulnerables Congress approves .1B in Zika funds Lawmakers pledge push for cures bill in lame-duck MORE (D-Wash.)