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.
Do subpoenas cause hard drive crashes or is it the other way around? #AskPressSec— Patriot-Hard Drive (@Patriot_Musket) June 25, 2014
#AskPressSec How many veterans is a VA administrator allowed to kill before it counts against his Christmas bonus?— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) June 25, 2014