Obama’s #My2K: Tweet Your Congressmen, the President Asks

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A Barack Obama 2012 election campaign application at campaign headquarters in Chicago.

The president has prepared a new hashtag for Americans supporting his tax relief for households earning less than $250,000 a year, calling on them to tweet their congressmen: “#My2K”

“Not Y2K,” the president said of the Year-2000 hysteria. “My2K.”

“Tweet, using the hashtag MY2K, or e-mail, post it on a member of Congress’s Facebook wall,” President Barack Obama told an assemblage of middle-class Americans summoned to the White House grounds today. He called on them to help him make his case with Congress for extension of Bush-era tax-cuts for households earning less than $250,000 a year and individuals reporting less than $200,000 — a $2,200-a-year issue for the typical family, the White House says, thus #My2K.

Obama, who plans a visit to a Pennsylvania toy factory Friday to campaign for his plan for a fiscal cliff-averting tax deal, today cited his recently won re-election campaign as evidence of support for his plan.

“A clear majority of Americans… agreed we should have a balanced approach to debt reduction,” the president told his audience in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building adjacent to the White House. “I’m glad to see, if you’ve been reading the papers lately, that more and more Republicans in Congress seem to think we should have this balanced approach.”

“If we can get a few House Republicans to agree,” he said, he stands ready to sign legislation. “I’ve got a pen,” he said, pulling one from his vest pocket. “I’m ready to sign it.”

“Let’s approach this problem with the middle class in mind… I’m asking Americans all across the country to make your voices heard,” Obama said. “That’s where the #My2K, comes in — “we figured that would make it easier to remember.”


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