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By Michael Krebs     May 7, 2011 in Politics
Political leaders and candidates tend to use Twitter generously as a short-form bulletin feed for their varied positions, but if Donald Trump is planning a bid for the White House his latest tweet does not read that way.
In the world of short-form quips and policy position bulletins and theoretical reminders tapped out by the offices of congressional legislators and governors and by political candidates jockeying for notice ahead of the 2012 presidential elections on Twitter, their respective followers receive regular tweets on policy issues and on upcoming appearances and on other relevant endorsements.
Looking at a collection of recent tweets by a few nationally-recognized political figures who posted on Friday evening just minutes away from each other, one can quickly glean the perspectives on matters of importance to each public figure:
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi: "Today's #jobs report is good news but we must do more. #GOPstillMIA with 122 days of no jobs bills"
House Speaker John Boehner: "MT @NatResources: Americans Show Support for Legislation to Expand Energy Production, Create Jobs, & Lower Prices (PIC)"
Congresswoman and potential Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann:
"We’re told the President’s 'focus on the economy has not wavered.' The American people are not impressed. #tcot"
President Barack Obama: "Discussing an issue that's affecting families and businesses: the economy. Watch live now:"
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney: "Unemployment rises to 9%. Another reminder of failed Obama policies #mitt2012 #tcot"
Twitter is an outlet of choice for the furthering of ideals and agendas among America's political elite, and it is used quite extensively the current and potential 2012 presidential candidates.
Television reality show celebrity, real estate baron, and potential Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has put himself onto the public stage on his claim that he intends to indeed run for the White House. But a series of setbacks, including the recent Facebook snub by the fans of the popular Indy 500 car race, as NPR reported, has put the viability of a Trump candidacy in question.
However, Trump's latest tweet, issued during the same measured hour as those tweets posted above, may reflect the issue that matters most to the White House contender:
Donald J. Trump: "Be sure to watch the Celebrity Apprentice on Sunday night, 8 pm on NBC."
If Twitter is a prognosticator of 160-character intent, the events of the past week, from the unforgiving roasting at the White House Correspondents Dinner to the high-profile Indy 500 protest, may have pushed Mr. Trump back to his day job.
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