Maya Angelou’s Obama Campaign Email Gets Mixed Reaction On Twitter

 @LauraMatt
on October 24 2012 4:38 PM
Maya Angelou
Dr. Maya Angelou is a prominent and celebrated author, poet, educator, producer, actress, filmmaker, and civil rights activist, who is currently the Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University. She has served on two presidential committees, was awarded the Presidential Medal for the Arts in 2000 and the Lincoln Medal in 2008. REUTERS

Poet Maya Angelou sent a campaign email to supporters of President Barack Obama Wednesday, urging them to go vote, but it has received mixed reactions from Twitter users.

“I am not writing to you as a black voter, or a woman voter, or as a voter who is over 70 years old and six feet tall. I am writing to you as a representative of this great country -- as an American,” Angelou’s email read. “It is your job to vote. It is your responsibility, your right, and your privilege. You may be pretty or plain, heavy or thin, gay or straight, poor or rich.”

Telling supporters to not underestimate their vote and recalling conversations with Martin Luther King Jr. about whether an African-American would ever be elected president, the poet’s email is far from controversial. Rather its aim is to get voters to the polls, especially in states that offer early voting.

“So don't sit on the sidelines. Don't hesitate. Don't have any regrets. Vote,” it continued. “Go, rise up, and let your friends and family in early vote states know where they can vote today. We must make our voices heard: Your vote is not only important. It's imperative.”

But some Twitter users have threatened to vote Romney if the “spam” continues.

“unsubscribed from torrent of @BarackObama spam i never asked for; now maya angelou is writing to the same address. stop it or i vote romney," wrote user TJ Connelly.

But others have said Angelou's email is their favorite so far.

"Of all Obama's campaign emails, Maya Angelou's is my fave: It is your job to vote. It is your responsibility, your right, and your privilege," wrote Twitter user Eliza Mackintosh.

The conservative media, however, are annoyed in a different way.

Breitbart.com wrote that Angelou’s email is a sign of the campaign’s desperation.

“You know the Obama campaign is getting desperate when they trot out poet Maya Angelou to try to convince Americans to back Obama.”

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