So, it’s official. After years of signing “-BO” at the end of @BarackObama to signal the tweets he crafted himself from an account operated by the Organizing for Action staff, President Barack Obama now has his very own handle @POTUS, tweeting for the first time:
“Hello, Twitter! It’s Barack. Really! Six years in, they’re finally giving me my own account.”
For his banner photo, the President chose a powerful image from the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery marches, where he, first lady and Congressman John Lewis (D-Georgia) led a commemorative march, hand in hand, over the Selma Bridge.
A statement from the White House states that the @POTUS handle “will serve as a new way for President Obama to engage directly with the American people, with tweets coming exclusively from him.”
Naturally, folks on social are having a little fun with this new presidential social presence: