We have all been there. It’s a little after midnight and you’ve had a few too many. You use your tiny little hands to punch out what seems at the time to be the best tweet ever, only to wake up the next morning to realize that you actually tweeted this:
— Brian O’Connell (@Batman53090) May 31, 2017
You frantically erase the tweet, thanking your lucky stars that only 5 people had viewed it so far.
Unless you happen to be the POTUS and have millions of followers. Sure, approximately 40 percent of them are bots disguised as “followers” to feed your fragile ego and make you seem more popular than you actually are, but still. The followers who are real people are awake, not drunk and have a whole lot of fun re-tweeting your incoherent post whilst you are sleeping. And by the time you do come to your senses and delete it, it is farrrr too late. #Covfefe is the biggest trending tweet of the day and people are having A LOT of fun with it:
— Morgan Stuart (@MorganTStuart) May 31, 2017
— Kristina Wong ❄️ (@mskristinawong) May 31, 2017
Aaaannnddd…Urban Dictionary already has a definition for your newly created word..
This is so good that I had to continue the tweet storm on this:
— Karine Jean-Pierre (@K_JeanPierre) May 31, 2017
One other little tiny detail: it is actually illegal to delete your tweets when you are the president, no matter how blitzed you were when you wrote them. Here in the United States we have this inconvenient thing called the “Presidential Records Act of 1978” which states,
The President shall take all such steps as may be necessary to assure that the activities, deliberations, decisions, and policies that reflect the performance of the President’s constitutional, statutory, or other official or ceremonial duties are adequately documented and that such records are preserved and maintained as Presidential records pursuant to the requirements of this section and other provisions of law.
The only records that do not fall under this law are those of a purely personal nature, as in a private diary entry or personal note meant only for private viewing. A post on a public platform such as Twitter is not considered “private” and is solidly within the definition of a presidential record.
We sympathize, Mr. President. We really do. But as an employee of the American people you are legally not allowed to just tweet something and then erase it. Might we suggest limiting yourself to just one Lime-A-Rita prior to posting on social media in the future?