On Monday, President Barack Obama’s new Twitter account set a Guinness World Record when it amassed more than a million followers in just five hours.
Obama also received some unusual tweets from Israel. One came from newly installed Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel (Habayit Hayehudi), who wanted to wish the president a happy Jerusalem Day. He made sure to get a dig in too: “@POTUS welcome! Happy Jerusalem Day! In case u didn’t hear PM Netanyahu: ‘Jerusalem won’t be divided again, we build all over the city.’”
Another came last night from the Twitter account of Judy Nir Mozes Shalom, wife of Interior Minister Silvan Shalom (who is also tasked with overseeing the strategic dialogue with the United States).
Shalom, a media personality, wrote (the mistakes are from the original text): “@POTUS well come, I hope u ’ll write from The hurt of barack and not from the head of Rrsedent Obama. Kisses from Israel.” The tweet was later deleted and, when asked about it by someone else on Twitter, Shalom denied she had written it. But journalist and blogger Tal Schneider saved the tweet before it was deleted and confirmed that it was written on Mozes’ account.
In addition, Obama received countless other comments, including some harsh criticism, indecent proposals and junk messages from local trolls.
The president also received a few death threats, which could cost their authors a few months or years in prison.