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The Weird And Wonderful First Tweets Of Jake Tapper

CNN's newest hire, one of the most followed reporters in Washington, at his most Tapper-y. From 2009.

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There was reporting:

reporter to biden; how r u feeling? VP Biden: i feel great bc i dont have to do anything. (just a few min ago)

reporter to biden; how r u feeling? VP Biden: i feel great bc i dont have to do anything. (just a few min ago)-- Jake Tapper

There was snark:

why do so many infamous plagiarists flock to one particular media organization that is not my own?

why do so many infamous plagiarists flock to one particular media organization that is not my own?-- Jake Tapper

There was... this:

ringtone selected: "Business Time" from Flight of The Conchords.

ringtone selected: "Business Time" from Flight of The Conchords.-- Jake Tapper

There were celebrities:

@jimmyfallon dude, critics vilifed conan in his first yr. ignore. do your thing and continue to show that u enjoy it. people r rooting 4 u

@jimmyfallon dude, critics vilifed conan in his first yr. ignore. do your thing and continue to show that u enjoy it. people r rooting 4 u-- Jake Tapper

Deep thoughts:

What IS it w/Elmo? in 15 years an evil scientist will hit a switch & everyone born after 1990 will join an Elmo Army and kill the rest of us

What IS it w/Elmo? in 15 years an evil scientist will hit a switch & everyone born after 1990 will join an Elmo Army and kill the rest of us-- Jake Tapper

And trenchant movie critiques:

i still think about the film "Se7en" on occasion, 14 yrs after its release...tho i must confess i found wrath and envy contrived.

i still think about the film "Se7en" on occasion, 14 yrs after its release...tho i must confess i found wrath and envy contrived.-- Jake Tapper

congrats to @aplusk on reaching 1 million twitter followers. "Butterfly Effect" is vastly underrated. cheers

congrats to @aplusk on reaching 1 million twitter followers. "Butterfly Effect" is vastly underrated. cheers-- Jake Tapper

He wasn't afraid to go meta:

media people are going to chase me off twitter by talking about themselves and twitter. oh wait, im doing the same thing.

media people are going to chase me off twitter by talking about themselves and twitter. oh wait, im doing the same thing.-- Jake Tapper

To speak directly to the American People:

Matt Giraud also rocks it out. i do not get Adamn Lambert's appeal to the judges; I'd rather watch Orszag do his taxes.

Matt Giraud also rocks it out. i do not get Adamn Lambert's appeal to the judges; I'd rather watch Orszag do his taxes.-- Jake Tapper

Or to reveal his deepest secrets:

my mom framed an old foto of me as a baby,her+dad. I once thot I was a cute baby butnowthat I have a cute baby I see I looked like a monkey

my mom framed an old foto of me as a baby,her+dad. I once thot I was a cute baby butnowthat I have a cute baby I see I looked like a monkey-- Jake Tapper

He didn't shy away from hard truths:

God love her, but my mother-in-law's coffee tastes like petroleum.

God love her, but my mother-in-law's coffee tastes like petroleum.-- Jake Tapper

And wasn't afraid to tell you what's good for you:

U spend a 1/4 to 1/3 of your life in bed. Buy a good mattress, for the love of Pete.

U spend a 1/4 to 1/3 of your life in bed. Buy a good mattress, for the love of Pete.-- Jake Tapper

He hated Adam Lambert:

Somewhere Johnny Cash just vomited in his grave. What IS it with this Idol contestant and why do the judges love him so?

Somewhere Johnny Cash just vomited in his grave. What IS it with this Idol contestant and why do the judges love him so?-- Jake Tapper

And loved the written word:

first sentence of my new novel: Our love spoiled like a jug of milk left in the sun --curdled and funky but perversely delicious.

first sentence of my new novel: Our love spoiled like a jug of milk left in the sun --curdled and funky but perversely delicious.-- Jake Tapper

Morning haiku: Assets are toxic/but will not be forever/except some of them?

Morning haiku: Assets are toxic/but will not be forever/except some of them?-- Jake Tapper

He called for civility:

enough bile out there that i dont need it here on twitter.dialogue, yes. insults no. blog comment board and bathroom walls still avail 4 all

enough bile out there that i dont need it here on twitter.dialogue, yes. insults no. blog comment board and bathroom walls still avail 4 all-- Jake Tapper

And racial harmony:

I suppose as far as ethnic stereotypes go, we shd be happy Nintendo didn't make Super Mario Bros. part of an organized crime family- grazie

I suppose as far as ethnic stereotypes go, we shd be happy Nintendo didn't make Super Mario Bros. part of an organized crime family- grazie-- Jake Tapper

He knew how to speak the language of the NET:

"i'm biased towards nurses, i just like nurses," says POTUS. somewhere my nurse mom is smiling. w00t to the nurses out there

"i'm biased towards nurses, i just like nurses," says POTUS. somewhere my nurse mom is smiling. w00t to the nurses out there-- Jake Tapper

And loved telling jokes:

little known fact about such summits: it is permitted to give surprise shoulder massages called "merkels"

little known fact about such summits: it is permitted to give surprise shoulder massages called "merkels"-- Jake Tapper

am i rocking this briefing book over a merlot? ARE THE CENTRAL BANKS MAINTAINING EXPANSIONARY POLICIES??!

am i rocking this briefing book over a merlot? ARE THE CENTRAL BANKS MAINTAINING EXPANSIONARY POLICIES??!-- Jake Tapper

tweeps, your detective work is 'Cold Case' worthy. i AM from philly + a fan of Tastycake Butterscotch Krimpets. plus i am jet lagged.

tweeps, your detective work is 'Cold Case' worthy. i AM from philly + a fan of Tastycake Butterscotch Krimpets. plus i am jet lagged.-- Jake Tapper

for angry libs complaining about the iPod story: who do you think is sharing this info about the iPod? u think we broke into buckingham?

for angry libs complaining about the iPod story: who do you think is sharing this info about the iPod? u think we broke into buckingham?-- Jake Tapper

the world is full of Shirleys making fat jokes about Reruns.

the world is full of Shirleys making fat jokes about Reruns.-- Jake Tapper

Basically, the feed used to be RAW TAPPER, and it was great:

DUDES POTUS just called on the China TV guy!!!!

DUDES POTUS just called on the China TV guy!!!!-- Jake Tapper

Good luck at your new job Tweeting for CNN, Jake. Just don't forget your roots.

Tapper responds! To a joke about how he used to be better at Twitter:

@jwherrman ZOMG you're right (hangs head in shame)

@jwherrman ZOMG you're right (hangs head in shame)-- Jake Tapper

Contact John Herrman at john.herrman@buzzfeed.com.

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