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VIDEO: Barack Obama Gets His Own Twitter Account

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Published at 11:56am 19th May 2015.

After six years in office, President Barack Obama has finally got his own personal Twitter account.

The leader of the free world used the verified handle @POTUS to announce his arrival on the social media network.

He wrote: "Hello, Twitter! It's Barack. Really! Six years in, they're finally giving me my own account."

In his profile, he described himself as: "Dad, husband, and 44th President of the United States."

The 65 people he was following included his wife First Lady Michelle Obama, who tweets under the @FLOTUS account, Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, predecessors George Bush Snr and Bill Clinton - but not yet presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton.

Read his conversation with Bill Clinton.

In less than an hour, his first post had been retweeted 55,000 times and received 59,000 favourites.

The President had also garnered 274,000 followers, with that number growing rapidly.

Watch the moment the first tweet went live!

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