Obama Calls Ellen’s Record Tweet a Cheap StuntBy: Josh Wolford - March 20, 2014
As you may have heard, the deadline for Obamacare enrollment is fast approaching (it’s the end of the month, fyi). In order to get more people on board, President Obama has been on a media tour of sorts. The latest stop on the Affordable Care Act promotional train was The Ellen Show.
Remember Ellen’s big Oscar tweet?
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 3, 2014
That tweet has now garnered over 3.4 million retweets, and is comfortably the most retweeted tweet of all time. On Oscar night, during the first hour on Twitter, the tweet was retweeted over 1 million times–crushing the record set by the President back in 2012 when he tweeted this after the election:
Four more years. pic.twitter.com/bAJE6Vom
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 7, 2012
780,000? Weak. It’s not even close, right?
Well, President Obama is calling shenanigans on the whole thing.
“I don’t know if you know this,” said Ellen, “but i was aiming to break your record of retweets and I apologize for doing it but I broke your retweet record.”
“I heard about that. I though it was a pretty cheap stunt myself–getting a bunch of celebrities in the background.”
Jokes aside, we all know that it was a pretty cheap stunt. It was all one giant advertisement for Samsung, paid for from the beginning, and we were all duped. Well, not all of us I guess. 3.4 million, to be exact.
Either way, nobody forced Twitter users to retweet the selfie. Samsung ploy or not, Ellen is the Queen of Retweets and that’s just a fact. Congrats.
Image via The Ellen Show, YouTube