US president Barack Obama is finally on Twitter, debuting Monday with a mock complaint: “Hello, Twitter! It’s Barack. Really! Six years in, they’re finally giving me my own account.”
Hello, Twitter! It's Barack. Really! Six years in, they're finally giving me my own account.— President Obama (@POTUS) May 18, 2015
The first follows came from first lady Michelle Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden. By mid afternoon, @POTUS, his new and own handle, had gathered more than 387,000 followers.
He earlier sent out tweets under @BarrackObama and @WhiteHouse handles signing off “BO”, to indicate they were his tweets, and not from the staff manning those handles.
There was no word from the White House explaining why Obama has finally got his own account now, “six years in”, which is a long time to wait, for a US president.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was quicker. He has had his own account — @narendramodi, with 13.7 million followers — for a while. And he inherited @PMOIndia from Manmohan Singh.
Former president of the United States, Bill Clinton, welcomed Obama to twitter with this cheeky question.