WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — President Barack Obama has nearly 2 million Twitter followers since launching his first tweet Monday morning, but one of them isn’t his former secretary of state.
Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton are not following each other on Twitter. Obama is also not following Democratic presidential contender Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and potential candidate former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley.
Obama is following one Clinton, though – former President Bill Clinton. The two even tweeted at each other yesterday.
The White House says the tweets on that account will come exclusively from the president. The Obama-affiliated Organizing for Action group has an (at)BarackObama account and the White House has an (at)WhiteHouse handle, both mostly written by staff. Obama has on rare occasions used them, signing his personal messages with his initials, BO.
The move is the latest by a White House particularly attuned to social media and new technology. But Twitter, with its ability to be anonymously interactive, is a new forum for the president, even one who carries his own Blackberry
Obama is also following all the professional sports teams in Chicago, except for one notable franchise: the Cubs.
“@POTUS We’re big fans of America. Just saying. #YouMissedATeam,” the Cubs tweeted.
The team also jokingly reached out to Michelle Obama to persuade her husband to follow them on Twitter.