Obama Twitter account re-tweets John Lennon’s bloody glasses

March 21, 2013

President Obama's Twitter account has re-tweeted a picture of John Lennon's bloody glasses that was originally posted by Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono.


Ono's tweet gained plenty of attention on Twitter after it was posted Thursday morning. It features the glasses that were recovered after he was shot dead in 1980.

The @BarackObama Twitter account is now run by Organizing for Action, the nonprofit spinoff of Obama's 2012 campaign committee. It still says some of its tweets come from the president himself, though the re-tweet is not denoted as such.

Ono attached the note: "Over 1,057,000 people have been killed by guns in the USA since John Lennon was shot and killed on 8 Dec 1980."

The White House has instituted the full-court press when it comes to the looming gun control votes in Congress, with Vice President Biden arguing Thursday that the laws might have saved lives in Newtown, Conn., late last year.

Updated at 12:03 a.m.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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