President gets his own Twitter account

Published 7:00 am Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Monday, President Barack Obama announced his first official Twitter account.

While there are several other accounts apparently representing the president, the @POTUS account is touted to include his own words.

The New York Times reports that the messages will be written by his hand, dictated by his voice, or created by an aide for his approval.

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As expected the account has received generous attention in the 24 hours since its creation, both positive and negative.

It takes a brave politician to sign up for a social media account, especially the president of the United States of America.

Public opinion is fickle. One day the leader of the free world could be a popular figure, the next not so much.

A tour of his account on Tuesday showed a mixed bag of people welcoming the 44th president to social media, while others are asking when he will resign.

It’s strange he would set up an official account with only two years left in his term, but better late than never.

With that in mind, former president Bill Clinton posed a valid question, “Does that username stay with the office?” Obama responded that indeed, the Twitter handle and presidential office are inclusive.

This new account is supposed to be a direct line of communication with the president. But the question remains, will he actually spend precious time to read comments from the public? Only time will tell.

So now that you know there’s a direct way to share your approval, or disapproval, with the commander in chief you may feel inclined to jump on his account, click “follow” and then barrage his feed with comments.

Before you load up the website, you should know that just like with everything else on the Internet, tweets sent to @POTUS are being recorded and archived.