Obama finally gets a Twitter account

first_imgHello, Twitter! It’s Barack. Really! Six years in, they’re finally giving me my own account.— President Obama (@POTUS44) May 18, 2015 Good question, @billclinton. The handle comes with the house. Know anyone interested in @FLOTUS?— President Obama (@POTUS44) May 18, 2015 If Hillary were elected, Bill Clinton would become the first American “First Gentleman.”Since Calvin Coolidge made the first presidential radio address in 1923, presidents have often tried to speak directly to voters.Similarly Obama has embraced social media to sidestep the media’s filter, appearing on YouTube, posting selfies and hosting question-and-answer sessions on Reddit. Facebook Comments WASHINGTON, D.C. – “Hello, Twitter! It’s Barack. Really! Six years in, they’re finally giving me my own account.”With that inaugural Tweet sent from a smartphone in the Oval Office before jumping on Marine One Monday, the President of the United States Barack Obama — or @POTUS — cast off security and bureaucratic chains in place since he was elected.The account — which already had nearly 150,000 followers in the first half hour and a million followers shortly after — instantly became one of the world’s top hacking targets, but will also allow Obama to tweet directly for the first time.Until now Obama has tweeted through his executive staff @WhiteHouse or the remnants of his campaign staff @BarackObama.“The @POTUS Twitter account will serve as a new way for President Obama to engage directly with the American people, with tweets coming exclusively from him,” the White House said.The already verified account features the customary headshot of Obama, but also a background photo of him walking over the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, in March, when he marked the 50th anniversary of a civil rights march that changed America.Obama describes himself as “Dad, husband, and 44th President of the United States.”He is following 65 assorted alma maters, sports teams, Cabinet members and senior staff, as well as wife Michelle Obama.“It’s about time, @POTUS! –mo” she tweeted in response. Obama’s arrival on Twitter was also greeted by Justin Bieber’s mother, the Chicago Bears and former president Bill Clinton, husband of 2016 presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton.“Welcome to @Twitter, @POTUS! One question: Does that username stay with the office? #askingforafriend,” he tweeted.Obama responded: “Good question, @billclinton. The handle comes with the house. Know anyone interested in @FLOTUS?” — referring to the first lady of the United States account. It’s about time, @POTUS! –mo— First Lady- Archived (@FLOTUS44) May 18, 2015 Related posts:Now you can watch Periscope streams directly in your Twitter feed 10 key quotes from Obama’s final State of the Union speech President Obama’s speech was a wholesale rejection of Trump’s worldview Obama: ‘Don’t despair’ over US Supreme Court intervention in carbon emissions caselast_img read more

Related Top 10 Oktoberfest celebrations around the

first_img RelatedTop 10 Oktoberfest celebrations around the worldThe 200-year old tradition of Oktoberfest starts on the third weekend of September, and ends on the first Sunday of October. This year, the festival begins on Saturday 16th September and finishes on 3rd October – here are the best places to celebrate the world’s biggest beer festival. Bottoms up!Krakow: Skyscanner Staff FavouritesArguably the most interesting place in Poland, Krakow is a European Capital of Culture6 places to get your kicks on Route 66Diners, dogs and the drive of your life on the ultimate road trip into the heart of America. Flights to Alsace could become more popular among British holidaymakers this year due to the number of events taking place in the French region.Among the highlights are a celebration of Bugatti cars and the International Beer Festival.According to Toby Oliver, a representative of Alsace in the UK, the region is easy to explore for the outdoors enthusiast thanks to a number of cycle routes.”There are more cycle routes in Strasbourg than in any town in France,” he commented.”If you want to cycle round the town, you can pick up a bicycle from the numerous stations which are around and then drop it off when you’ve finished with it.”Mr Oliver added that because it is the 100th anniversary since the first Bugatti was made at Molsheim, a number of exhibitions and rallies will be taking place around the famous factory.The International Beer Festival, which is usually held in Montreal, will take place on Alsace in October.Alsace has two international airports, Entzheim in Strasbourg and France’s seventh-largest airport in terms of traffic, EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more