Three days on the job, Earnest christens @PressSec account with Twitter Q&A

Earnest took over the new handle with aplomb, conducting a surprise #AskPressSec Q&A session on Wednesday afternoon.

Josh Earnest
Josh Earnest

After taking over as White House press secretary on Monday from Jay Carney, Josh Earnest also assumed control of the @PressSec account on Twitter.

Although he hadn’t been a frequent contributor on the platform — he posted fewer than 400 tweets since joining with his previous account, @jearnest44, in September 2011 — Earnest took over the new handle with aplomb, conducting a surprise #AskPressSec Q&A session on Wednesday afternoon.

He stuck mostly to softball questions, but here’s what we learned: 

Earnest enjoys tacos:

He’s a fan of baseball great George Brett:

Earnest once literally ran into LeBron James in a White House corridor:

He has career advice for aspiring young press secretaries:

Of course, when brands or public figures prompt questions from the public on Twitter, things can go off track quickly. Remember the cancelled #AskJPM Q&A or #AskTheCommish with NFL boss Roger Goodell? Earnest’s session was no exception, with his new account on the receiving end of harsh criticisms of him and the president — some more family friendly than others. 

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