Republicans respond to new Obama slogan, ‘We can’t wait,’ on Twitter

Josh Peterson Tech Editor
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President Obama’s campaign launched the Twitter hashtag #WeCantWait on Monday, though it was quickly co-opted by conservatives and Republican leaders.

The slogan — the most recent used by the president in the form of a Twitter hashtag to get his message to supporters in cyberspace — will make its formal appearance in his speech in Las Vegas Monday. Hashtags categorize similar tweets for the purpose of facilitating conversation on Twitter.

#WeCantWait is Obama’s latest attempt to make the case to his supporters that the American people can no longer wait for Republican members of Congress to take action on his jobs-oriented stimulus plan. (SEE ALSO: Obama mortgage refinancing plan to be offered ‘regardless of how deeply underwater they are’)

MSNBC analyst David Corn’s tweet, “#WeCantWait for the Republicans to say the rich don’t need even lower taxes,’ inspired a number of his twitter followers to retweet, or forward his message, to their own followers’ lists.

Washington Examiner staff writer Charlie Spiering compiled a list of what he called the most interesting Republican tweets responding to the president’s new slogan.

House Speaker John Boehner, one of the main instigators of a Republican takeover of an Obama hashtag at the president’s Twitter Town Hall this summer, said, “#WeCantWait for POTUS & Democrats to work [with] Republicans to find common ground #4jobs.”

During Obama’s Twitter Town Hall in May — with the hashtag designation #AskObama — Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Rep. Paul Ryan lead a GOP campaign that flooded the town hall hashtag with questions about jobs, the budget and the deficit.

The Heritage Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based conservative think tank, said, “#WeCantWait until President Obama recognizes that overbearing regulations hurt small businesses!”

The RNC posted, “#WeCantWait for 2012.”

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