No, President Obama Did Not Tweet His Thanks to Katy Perry

The Huffington Post has made the all too common mistake and confused the shadowy, dark money 501(c)(4) that tweets under the username @BarackObama with the actual president:

Katy Perry and President Obama tag-teamed a message Sunday night during MTV’s Video Music Awards.

Open enrollment for health care exchanges begins Oct. 1, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, and Perry retweeted Obama’s note that “If you’re one of millions of young Americans w/out health insurance, you can get affordable coverage starting Oct. 1.”

And here’s the tweet the HuffPo is referencing:

But herein lies the genius of what President Obama has been able to accomplish by letting the 501(c)(4) use his image and old social media accounts. He can get great press from gossip sites like the Huffington Post while at the same time claim independence from whatever is written under his name.

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