'What the heck is this?' and other first tweets by politicians

Written By Emily McFarlan Miller Posted: 03/21/2014, 10:22am

Tomorrow is the eighth anniversary of the first tweet.

That first tweet was “just setting up my twttr,” sent by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey.

It sort of lacks the punch of the first telegraph message by Samuel Morse: “What hath God wrought?” But it’s occasion enough for Twitter to roll out a new feature today allowing users to see their #FirstTweets, or anybody else’s.

Here’s a look back at some of our politicians’ first tweets — for the most part, too “on message” to be very amusing — and the best of the rest.


Here are the first tweets from Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago mayor’s office:

And here’s the first tweet from Dan Sinker’s more colorful (read: NSFW) fake Mayor Emanuel.


Barack Obama sent his first tweet before he was president:


And First Lady Michelle Obama’s was recent enough, you probably still remember it:


Like President Obama, Valerie Jarrett took advantage of her first tweet to support a cause:


A fairly straightforward first tweet from Gov. Pat Quinn:


And a humblebrag from his Republican opponent for governor, Bruce Rauner:


Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle also took the straightforward approach:


Cook County Clerk David Orr gave the Chicago Sun-Times a shoutout in his first tweet:


First tweets from our U.S. senators, Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk:


Rep. Tammy Duckworth’s first tweet from what appears to be her personal account shows she’s all technology all the time:


Alderman Nick Sposato’s first action on Twitter was to retweet a post from Mary Ann Ahern of NBC that somehow combines the Blackhawks and the Biebs. INTERNET GOLD.


Aldermen Ameya Pawar, Jason Ervin and Ariel Reboyras win points for enthusiasm:


Alderman Danny Solis’ first tweet involves a karaoke bar, so we can’t fault him there:


Alderman Matt O’Shea’s first tweet proves he has terrible taste in beer:


Alderman Tom Tunney pretty much invented hipsters:


Alderman Deb Mell, FTW:


U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland proudly upheld the time-honored tradition of tweeting about one’s lunch in her first post:


Oh, come on, you guys. Twitter isn’t that hard.


And in international politics, there was this gem, in happier days:


Spot some other great first tweets by politicians? Tweet at @CSTearlyoften and let us know!

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