‘It’s Barack. Really!’ as President Obama Gets His Own Twitter Account

President Obama gets its own Twitter account @POTUS.

On Monday the White House announced that President Obama had launched @POTUS, the official Twitter account of the President of the United States.

According to the White House blog post, the @POTUS 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 account 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,” reads Obama’s first tweet.

President Obama joined the fray with the description Dad, husband, and 44th President of th­­­­­e United States. Tweets may be archived: 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:

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. 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.

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