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@POTUS: Barack Obama joins Twitter… finally

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Posted at 10:45 AM, May 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-18 12:47:06-04

NEW YORK (CNN) — The bear is loose… on Twitter.

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, the President 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.”

Per a statement from the White House, 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.

And Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy tweeting a gif of the President with a selfie stick:

And some asking the question on a lot of people’s minds, what happens to the handle when a new President takes office?

In the meantime, we’ll just wait for your first GIFs and selfies, Mr. President.

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