Barack Obama sends his first tweet as a former president

Donald Trump is the president of the United States, so he gets the @POTUS Twitter handle. But if you were a fan of Barack Obama’s 140 characters, you can still find him on the social media platform.

President Barack Obama shakes hands with President-elect Donald Trump during the Presidential Inauguration at the US Capitol in Washington, Friday, January 20, 2017. (Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP)

President Barack Obama shakes hands with President-elect Donald Trump during the Presidential Inauguration at the US Capitol in Washington, Friday, January 20, 2017. (Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP)

Just a few hours after Trump assumed the presidential mantle from Obama by taking the oath of office, the former president sent out his first tweet as a man who does not live in a giant white mansion.

“Hi everybody!” Obama tweeted from @BarackObama. “Back to the original handle. Is this thing still on? Michelle and I are off on a quick vacation, then we’ll get back to work.”

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Meanwhile, back on the @POTUS account, there was a cosmetic makeover almost as soon as Trump took office.

The New York Times reported that the changing of the @-handle (that most sacred of inaugural traditions) occurred almost immediately after the swearing-in kicked off. NBC News has reported that the president plans to continue using his @RealDonaldTrump account as his personal mode of social communication.

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Trump was back on the keyboard quickly.

Also according to the Times:

“Many on Twitter noted that when the @Potus account was unveiled with Mr. Trump’s picture, it bore as its cover photo a stock image that was taken at Mr. Obama’s first inauguration. The photo was quickly changed, to a zoomed-in stock photo of an enormous American flag.”

The first Trump-era tweet from @POTUS? A transcript of his inaugural address.

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