After more than six years in the White House, President Barack Obama has finally been able to create his very own Twitter account with the handle @POTUS.
Obama sent his first tweet using a White House iPhone from the Oval Office instead of his personal highly secure BlackBerry device.
His first tweet read:
“Hello Twitter! It’s Barack. Really! Six years in, they’re finally giving me my own account”.
His description on Twitter was: Dad, husband, and 44th President of the United States
Hello, Twitter! It's Barack. Really! Six years in, they're finally giving me my own account.
— President Obama (@POTUS44) May 18, 2015
And he gained more than 1.3 million followers in less than a day.
Before now, President Obama used the @WhiteHouse Twitter account or the @BarackObama handle, which was used mainly for campaigning.
Former president Bill Clinton tweeted Obama a message welcoming him to Twitter and asked him if the @POTUS username would remain with the office.
— Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) May 18, 2015
The message ended with the hashtag #AskingForAFriend – a reference to his wife Hillary Clinton who is the frontrunner to be the Democratic nominee for the presidential election in 2016.