President Barack Obama started a new Twitter account on Monday and appears to be making the most of it — with an assist from one of his predecessors.
Former President Bill Clinton reacted to the news with a not-so-subtle reference to his wife's presidential campaign. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is seeking to replace Obama at the end of 2016, and the former president suggested a "friend" might be interested in his new "@POTUS" account:
Welcome to @Twitter , @POTUS ! One
question: Does that username stay with
the office? #askingforafriend
Bill Clinton (@billclinton) May 18, 2015
For his part, Obama embraced the response and suggested Bill Clinton might be eyeing the "@FLOTUS" account for himself after the campaign: Good question, @billclinton . The handle comes with the house. Know anyone interested in @FLOTUS ?
President Obama (@POTUS) May 18, 2015
According to the White House, Obama's latest tweets are personal and "exclusively coming from him."
"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's Alex Wall explained in a Monday morning blog post. "President Obama is committed to making his Administration the most open and
participatory in history, and @POTUS will give Americans a new venue to engage on the issues that matter most to them."