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Barack Obama's 'first ever' tweet

world Updated: Jan 19, 2010 13:10 IST

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ObamaUS President Barack Obama's 'first ever' tweet happens to be on the Haiti quake. He along with the First Lady visited the office of Red Cross in downtown here serving as disaster operations centre to coordinate humanitarian aid to quake-hit Haiti.

"We are just here to say thank you for the great work you're doing," Obama told members of the Red Cross as he and Michelle entered the of American Red Cross along with its Chairman Bonnie McElveen-Hunter.

Obama and Michelle spoke personally with each staff member. Stopping at a social media team desk, Obama laughingly hit "Send" on a message just typed on Twitter: "President Obama and the First Lady are here visiting our disaster operation center right now."

This was followed by: "President Obama pushed the button on the last tweet. It was his first ever tweet!"

Addressing the press pool, Obama said he had just learned that already USD 21 million in donations had been made to the Red Cross, via text message-a tribute to the generosity of the American people.

"I was just told that, just by Twitter, we've seen USD 21 million raised already, which just shows how generous the American people are in times of need," he said.

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