Obama joins Twitter: 'They finally gave me my own account'

OBAMA ON TWITTER. What does he say on social media? File Photo by EPA

OBAMA ON TWITTER.

What does he say on social media? File Photo by EPA

WASHINGTON DC, USA – It's official: US President Barack Obama is now on Twitter!

If you can't get enough of his political ideas or witty statements, now's the chance to hear more from him through his account @POTUS (President of the United States). 

"Dad, husband, and 44th President of the United States," his Twitter bio said.

Prior to the creation of this account, his followers were able to get updates about him through the @WhiteHouse and @BarackObama Twitter accounts.

According to Adweek, Obama's emotional hug photo with First Lady Michelle Obama is included in "the 3 most retweeted tweets in history."

Four more years. pic.twitter.com/bAJE6Vom — Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 7, 2012

 

Obama joined Twitter on May 18, 2015. His first tweet was an instant hit, with over 220,000 retweets and 300,000 favorites as of posting.

Ironically, the world's most powerful man even had to borrow the Executive Office's common iPhone to tweet, since his personal phone is a Blackberry. 

Hello, Twitter! It's Barack. Really! Six years in, they're finally giving me my own account. — President Obama (@POTUS) May 18, 2015

 

His second tweet gave a glimpse into what he has been up to as president:

In Camden today, seeing first-hand how smart policing is making the community safer while building trust. pic.twitter.com/3MiWk43c8g — President Obama (@POTUS) May 18, 2015

 

His first Twitter conversation was with Bill Clinton, the 42nd president of the United States. Clinton asked about Obama's Twitter username.

Welcome to @Twitter, @POTUS! One question: Does that username stay with the office? #askingforafriend — Bill Clinton (@billclinton) May 18, 2015

Obama replied that if anyone would be interested with the @FLOTUS Twitter username instead or First Lady of the United States. It's a clever hint at Clinton playing second fiddle to his wife Hillary, who is running for president in 2016. 

Good question, @billclinton. The handle comes with the house. Know anyone interested in @FLOTUS? — President Obama (@POTUS) May 18, 2015

 

With just 3 tweets, as of writing, Obama has already gained 1.55 million followers. He is following 65 accounts including politicians, universities, and sport teams.

The rest of the Twitter universe seems to be in agreement with his sentiment: "Finally!"

It's about time, @POTUS! –mo — The First Lady (@FLOTUS) May 18, 2015

 

Hey @POTUS – Welcome to Twitter. See you around the neighborhood. –vp pic.twitter.com/iaUVFtQVpk — Vice President Biden (@VP) May 18, 2015

 

Swoon .. watch @POTUS send his first @POTUS tweet ... https://t.co/Z4M6gJPg7P — Zora Suleman (@ZoraSuleman) May 19, 2015

What are you expecting to see from the US President's timeline? – Rappler.com