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.



  • Tom Crowe

    Nice work, sir! But I think you have much overstated your case and missed the point of mine. I’ll have a counter-post up later tonight or tomorrow.

    • Tom Hoopes

      Yeah … this post works better as random fun than as an argument. Look forward to reading your response, though!

  • Davide

    ROFL!!!!! Great stuff! Thank you

  • Joseph Smith

    11. Angel Moroni, Aug. 23, 461 … OMG buried all these gold plates, now hav 2 wait like 1400 yrs to tell some1 bout them… FML!! #prettyflyforanephi

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  • Tom Hoopes

    Francis Scott key fixed!

    • Brian C

      Nixon still wrong. Break in was 1972, he resigned in 1974. Still, great post topic.

      • Tom Hoopes

        got it. Thanks

  • Tom Hoopes

    Thanks. Good catch. I added a decade to each.

  • Frank Andrews

    Might want to check the year on Jeff Davis and Nixon’s tweets.

    • Melanie

      Very cool however you should check the date on Francis Scott Key as well.



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