Tweeting offensive comments about your colleagues probably isn’t the best way to make work friends – or keep your job. Especially when you work in the White House’s National Security Council.
A White House national security official, Jofi Joseph, discovered this last week when he was fired after he was linked to his secret Twitter account. Posting under the now defunct Twitter name @NatSecWonk, Joseph had been insulting White House employees and leaking internal information about the Obama administration for two years.
I’m going to need to hear some of these tweets:
“Was Huma Abedin wearing beer goggles the night she met Anthony Weiner”
“So when will someone do us the favor of getting rid of Sarah Palin and the rest of her white trash family? What utter useless garbage.”
“Loved, LOVED the @NYTimesDowd column eviscerating the Clintons today. @ChelseaClinton seems to be assuming all of her parents’ vices …”
“’Has sh*tty staff.’ #ObamaInThreeWords.”
That last one may have been directed at himself…
Although White House and State department officials had been searching for the mysterious tweeter for months, the hunt for @NatSecWonk intensified after he repeatedly criticized the administration accounts about the Sept. 11, 2012 attack in Benghazi. Investigators pieced together Joseph’s travel and shopping patterns from his over 2,000 tweets and concluded it was him. Then he was fired.
Joseph, a director in the non-proliferation area of the White House’s National Security Council, has since apologized for his “inappropriate and mean-spirited comments”.
“It has been a privilege to serve in this administration and I deeply regret violating the trust and confidence placed in me,” Joseph said.
“What started out as an intended parody account of DC culture developed over time into a series of inappropriate and mean-spirited comments. I bear complete responsibility for this affair and I sincerely apologize to everyone I insulted.”
Maybe he should pitch his own show on Fox News? I’d watch it.