Top Ten Great American Tweets

In my friendly dialogue with Tom Crowe below, the question arises: What effect might our Twitter culture have on the way we think and act? For Anthony Weiner, Twitter gave his scary weirdness a stage on which to strut. What if great figures in America’s past had access to Twitter? Would they have trivialized their lives, too?  Is tweeting compatible with greatness? Herewith, a thought experiment which I call …

Great Tweets From American History

10. George Washington, Dec. 24, 1776  … Yikes. Valley Forge=brrrr! FMAO! lol. Serious, though #YikesItIsCooold. Tomorrow-MerryChristmas @Hessians

9. Meriwether Lewis, Sept. 13, 1803 … Bleh. “R we there yet?” has been SO not funny since Missouri.

8. Francis Scott Key, Sept. 14, 1814 … WHEW! Close one but myomy Check out view of Fort McHenry this am!: My country tis of THAT

7. Herman Melville, Dec. 13, 1850 … Still plan to write whale book some day. But blog comes first. See new post re: #LostSocks

6. Jefferson Davis, February 9 1861 … @confederate Psst! Everyone unfollow @AbrahamLincoln Pass it on.

5. Abraham Lincoln, Nov. 19, 1863 … On train 2 Gttysbrg … too bored to write speech … OWNING Bradford at Score Four. (Heh heh. Will tease him in speech)

4. Laura Ingalls, Aug. 23, 1883 … OMG Almanzo Wilder is like the cutest thing. EVER. #AlmanzoTotallyRocks

3. Neil Armstrong, July 20, 1969 … walking on moon is TOTALLY AWESOME!*! but geesh anything I do w/life now will be dull disappointment/full moon will mock my failures

2. Martin Luther King Jr., Aug. 28, 1963 … @DreamTeamers Flash mob>>DC reflecting pool>>8-28 noon

1. Richard Nixon, June 17, 1972, 4:32 pm … Greenlight for Watergate break-in tonight. Get er done, boys! … Richard Nixon, June 17, 1972, 4:37 pm … Please delete last post. Heh heh. Did that go to everyone? TOTAL joke. Lol. Maybe someone hacked? No big tho just delete

Tom Hoopes is writer in residence at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., where he teaches in the Journalism and Mass Communications department and edits the college’s Catholic identity speech digest, The Gregorian.



  • Dennis

    Toooooo funny! Love that catholic humor….didn’t even notice the dates were off and frankly don’t care since this isn’t a lesson in history (that’s my thinly veiled swipe at the “date nazis” who obviously missed the point)!

  • andrew

    Hilarious and well done. But I believe that is a picture of mary ingalls, not laura.

    • bess

      it’s Laura

      • Tom Hoopes

        It was Mary when he said that. I switched it.

  • davide

    @ Joey Smith-that seriously is the funniest thing ever!!



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