It has been almost two years since President Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States, and now after the recent mid-term elections, his party is enjoying a game of congressional musical chairs.
Even with seven seats still undecided in the House, the Republicans succeeded in gaining 60 seats, as well as five seats in the Senate, with one seat still undecided. This victory for the Republicans has the Democrats experiencing a bit of déjà vu: In 1992, a young politician from Hope, Arkansas came riding in as a breath of fresh air for the American people. His familiar promise of ''change,'' after more than 10 years of Republican leadership, ensured him a place in the White House. Although he suffered attacks on his personal life, he was voted in again for a second term. Like Obama, Clinton was required to work with a Republican majority after the 1994 mid-term election, and still managed to secure a second term. One noticeable difference with this election is the use of social media platforms, like Facebook and Twitter, to promote candidacy. According to a recent article on Mashable, ''more than 12 million people clicked Facebook's ''I Voted'' button this year….'' This has doubled since the 2008 election when Obama was elected. News anchors used Twitter to keep voters updated, and several news stations teamed up with online platforms promoting a trendier way to encourage citizens to utilise their democratic right. While Obama may be the most recent president to use social media, he is certainly not the first. Franklin D. Roosevelt held ''Fireside Chats'' on Sundays from 1933 to 1944, which were extremely successful with American citizens. FDR was the pioneer in this form of ''social media'' but Obama has followed in his footsteps by uploading his addresses on YouTube. With a reported 88 million Americans at the polls two weeks ago, social media has indeed changed the way voters are influenced. Almost 100 candidates engaged with voters on Facebook using their election page as a way to win over their ''friends.'' The old practice of ''hitting the campaign trail'' has been replaced with reaching voters through updates on Facebook and tweets on Twitter; two social media platforms that are designed to be instant, therefore creating both convenience and cheaper marketing tools for politicians. Not sure the Founding Fathers of America would have traded their podiums for podcasts, but with social media's significant role in politics, perhaps it is time for the 28th amendment: the right to Tweet.