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‘Hello, Twitter! It’s Barack. Really!’

It took six years, but President Obama is finally on Twitter.


President Barack Obama finally got his own Twitter account.

For years, the White House has maintained a series of social media accounts, one under @WhiteHouse, and another under @BarackObama, an account run by the president’s organizing staff where Obama would sign personal tweets with his initials, -bo. It now appears as if the president has his own lifeline to the Twitterverse, @POTUS, where he describes himself as ‘Dad, husband, and 44th President of the United States.

He announced his arrival with this.

Obama’s first 140-character or less missive has already been retweeted more than 42,000 times, and favorited more than 43,000. Less than a half an hour after he posted it, he already has nearly 65,000 followers, and the account has already been verified as the real deal.

Reactions to the president’s arrival were, shall we say, mixed.

Some were critical.

Some were self-promotional.

Others were upset about the “Mad Men” finale.

And some were about @TeamFlacco.

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