Inside Gibbs’s Twitter Psyche

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs found his Twitter account going “haywire” earlier today after the social networking system was hacked. He quickly let people now what was up, Tweeting: “My Twitter went haywire - absolutely no clue why it sent that message or even what it is…paging the tech guys…”

Gibbs caught our attention last week too when he linked on his Twitter to CJR’s Ryan Chittum’s story, “Forbe’s Shameful Piece On Obama as ‘Other.’”

With the @PressSec on my mind, I decided to see what’s been on his—at least since August 5, his first Tweet for that month and the beginning of what many have deemed a pretty hellish period for the administration. I copied Gibbs’s Tweets from August until today and put them into Wordle, the software that arranges words graphically with the most used words shown largest, to get a word-cloud insight into Gibbs, the first Twittering Press Secretary.

Unsurprisingly, “Boehner” looms large among the Tweets; as does “McConnell.” “@stephenfhayes” was more of a surprise—the two engaged in a Twitter debate early in September over economics, after which @PressSec Tweeted: “I have enjoyed our tweets – shows that a good debate doesn’t have to be a nasty debate.” Other biggies are “POTUS,” “tax,” “senate,” “census,” “jobs,” “small,” “big,” “business,” and, perhaps ominously, “help.” Any surprising absences?

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Joel Meares is a former CJR assistant editor.