White House official fired for ‘parody’ tweets

"Tell Kathleen Sebelius and Jofi Joseph I need to see them in the Oval Office." (AP Photo for unrelated story)

"Tell Jofi Joseph I need to see him in the Oval Office immediately. Then set up a little chat with Kathleen Sebelius." (AP Photo)

Fake Twitter accounts can be hilarious and, if you work in the White House, get you fired.

Jofi Joseph, a senior National Security Council staffer, was sent packing after the Obama administration figured out they were employing one of their harshest and best-informed critics.

Joseph was in the major leagues of politics, working on negotiations with Iran over their nuclear program and “a range of multilateral arms control treaties.

He had served in the Obama administration since 2009, but it was his @NatSecWonk Twitter account that made people talk.

Joseph started texting hand grenades in 2011 and soon became a darling of the media.

The demise of his Twitter account was reason enough for Foreign Policy magazine to pen something of a love letter.

“Like a sniper in his hide, NatSecWonk delivered blows from his or her darkened perch. Anyone in the media, government, or think-tank world was fair game. But within the Beltway, NatSecWonk was considered a valuable source of information,” wrote Foreign Policy.

Joseph didn’t hold back. To sum up White House staffing issues during Obama’s second term he wrote, “Growing problem for the Administration — too many 1st term holdovers not getting the hint that it’s time to move on and get the [bleep] out.”

He pointed out that Obama sidestepped Secretary of State John Kerry on major foreign policy issues: “That Obama only called Kerry/Hagel AFTER he made decision with his WH aides on going to [Congress about use of military force in Syria] underscores how all foreign policy is WH-based.”

He often got personal: “When will someone do us the favor of getting rid of Sarah Palin and the rest of her white trash family?”

Or, he pointed out what he called idiocy: “Anyone else notice the irony of @BrookingsInst holding a roundtable this weekend on Global Poverty in Aspen, CO? Good grief.”

Politico says the White House set out to find the person behind @NatSecWonk after tweets repeatedly cast doubts on the administration’s account of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack in Benghazi.

Federal investigators believe Joseph may also be behind another Twitter account, @dchobbyist, which, according to Politico, includes racier tweets about sexual encounters, escort services – and the inner workings of the State Department. That account is “protected” so I can’t tell you what is going on in there.

Joseph, who no longer has a top security clearance, apologized for his behavior on Politico: “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.”

He should also apologize for moonlighting. I like Twitter as much as anyone, but it seems he may have distracted himself and others from conducting serious business.

Oh well, maybe The Daily Show needs a social media director?

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October 23rd, 2013
8:56 am

The wrong “White house staffer” was fired. The biggest fraud in the history of the US presidency, Barak Houssain Obama should be fired for impersonating a president. He is nothing but a lying sack of crap who wouldn’t know how to fix an economy if his life depended on it. Every time he opens his mouth, a lie flies out into any open mic the media can put in front of him. God help us all.

Art Vandelay

October 23rd, 2013
9:02 am

Joe, the opportunity to fire the President passed last November, so you have about three more years of frothing at the mouth and making up conspiracy theories and lies before the next election in 2016. At that time, another Democrat will take his place. Enjoy your misery.


October 23rd, 2013
9:18 am

If justice is to be served, and the facts really do fall into place, this “incident” should not stop at firing. The idiot – no matter how accurate his comments may or may not have been – should be investigated and if appropriate, prosecuted, for ethics violations, violations of oath of office, misappropriate of government information and resources, and misuse of government equipment and time and attendance fraud. (You gotta know that he used government issued electronics while on government time to do these deeds.)


October 23rd, 2013
9:19 am


Isn’t there some latex you need to be testing?

And yes, while I probably disagree with you on a political level, I agree with you on losing 2016. Too much in-fighting in GOP. They don’t have their (bleep) together.


October 23rd, 2013
9:47 am


Don’t sugar coat it. Okay?


October 23rd, 2013
9:59 am


Thank you


October 23rd, 2013
10:04 am

The access to digital technology and open communications with the entire world is still a relatively new thing for most members of the public. As a whole, we’re still adjusting to exactly how to handle this new openness. Government employees, military members, and the media all have access to information that really shouldn’t be public, and yet are very tempted to confuse twitter, facebook, linked in, youtube, etc, with official lines of communication.
Simple rule of thumb: don’t share stuff from private meetings with the public. It will get you fired, or worse, compromise someone.

Hidden agenda

October 23rd, 2013
10:32 am

The entire administration is a side-show. It was bound to happen that someone would expose the fact that the Emperor has no clothes/clue.

Hidden agenda

October 23rd, 2013
10:42 am

A more important story is that a significant number of Americans have finally realized that the war on marijuana is a failure and should be ended. The insanity and lies of “Refer Madness” and the other propaganda BS that the nanny-state types have been putting out for these 75 years or so has obviously not worked to keep the stupid masses in fear of this wonderful plant.

Expect huge pushback by all the folks who make literally hundreds of billions if not trillions of dollars from the failed war on drugs – the police state, the prison-industrial complex, the courts, the CIA, the DEA, the tobacco industry, the alcohol industry, bigPharma, the drug rehab industry, the bounty hunter industry, etc.

And then for HEMP, expect huge pushback from the same folks that lied during the 20s to get it taxed into its illegal status – the cotton industry (it is a far superior natural fiber), the paper industry (far cheaper to use, renewable quickly, no dioxins required for production, etc.), the oil industry (HEMP oil can be fractionated just like crude oil for making kerosine, gasoline, etc.) and countless other industries that currently enjoy the government protection from competition that comes from its currently illegal status.

This is absolutely GREAT NEWS for America, its farmers, and every citizen.

Don't Tread

October 23rd, 2013
10:56 am

Just like cartoons depicting Mohammed are forbidden, there is no making fun of King Hussein….ever. There is no right to free speech. It’s a wonder they didn’t take this dude out back and shoot him (the “getting rid of” Sarah Palin comment is probably what saved his life).

And of course, the liberals are all for “sunshine policies” as long as it’s not their party being exposed.

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jerry gardner

October 23rd, 2013
11:23 am

Please don’t let him be….

…oh, never mind.

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October 23rd, 2013
12:00 pm

One can LQQK for this one as a welcomed and regular Talking Head on the America’s most Lying Network….Fox News!

He will be Loved by all of the Fox World!

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October 23rd, 2013
3:49 pm

“…NatSecWonk was considered a valuable source of information,…”

That. Like them or not the insider whistle blower types (Snowden, Joseph etal) help to keep the government honest by giving us ordinary worker bees the occasional glimpse at the dirty secrets Uncle would rather we didn’t know.

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@ Bernie31

October 24th, 2013
7:26 am

If you would STOP watching Fox News then maybe it wouldn’t be so darn popular with high ratings. It is obvious that liberals are their ratings boon with all the references that they give to it. I don’t know a single conservative that watches it, but the Dems are completely obsessed with it.