According to the White House blog post, theÂ @POTUSÂ Twitter account will serve as a new way for President Obama to engage directly with the American people, with tweets coming exclusively from him. President Obama has made his Administration the most open and participatory in history, and the Twitter accountÂ will give Americans a new place to engage on the issues that matter most to them.
Besides, the White House tweeted a short video of President Obama sending his tweet from the Oval Office, perched on the edge of the historic Resolute presidential desk.
“Hello, Twitter! It’s Barack. Really! Six years in, they’re finally giving me my own account,”Â reads Obamaâ€™s first tweet.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 18, 2015
President Obama joined the fray with the description Dad, husband, and 44th President of thÂÂÂÂÂe United States. Tweets may be archived:Â http://wh.gov/privacy and a picture of him leading a crowd in Selma, Alabama, on the 50th anniversary of the Bloody Sunday in March earlier this year.
Vice President Joe Biden welcomed his boss with a tweet of his own:
— Vice President Biden (@VP) May 18, 2015
The Twitter account has attracted over a million followers within a few hours.
However, this is not the first time President Obama has tweeted: he has signed tweets from time to time from the @WhiteHouse account (6.2 million followers) with his initials, “-bo” and also has used @BarackObama (59 million followers), an account run by Organizing for Action, Obama’s former campaign team.
The White House has also published its official accounts in the blog post.Â At the moment, President Obama is following 65 people, including Bill Clinton, George Bush and @FLOTUS, the First Lady’s account – but not Hillary Clinton or UK Prime Minister David Cameron.