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"Hello, Twitter!" President Obama Debuts @POTUS Account

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    President Barack Obama shows his Blackberry as he walks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C.

    President Barack Obama has joined the Twitterverse. 

    With his second term more than halfway through, the president sent his inaugural tweet from a new @POTUS Twitter account on Monday. 

    The verified account, which attracted more than 146,000 followers within 30 minutes of posting the first tweet, carries the bio "Dad, husband, and 44th President of the United States."

    The official @WhiteHouse account retweeted the message and posted confirmation of its own.

    The tweet wasn't the first 140-character missive sent from the 44th president. The White House's existing practice was to sign tweets from the president on the @BarackObama handle with his initials, "-bo." That @BarackObama account, launched in March 2007, is run by the staff of Obama's non-profit Organizing for Action group. 

    The new account followed all major Chicago sports teams except one — the Cubs.