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

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!