“Hi, everyone, and thanks for the warm welcome. Look forward to staying in touch with you here,” @michelleobama said in a tweet authenticated by her initials “mo.”
The account will be mostly run by Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign, and is similar to @BarackObama’s Twitter output, which is also mostly a product of campaign staff.
Occasionally, however, the president, who is often pictured with a BlackBerry or iPad, does produce a personal tweet, designated by his initials “bo.”
By late Thursday, hours after the account’s debut, @MichelleObama had garnered more than 160,000 followers on the micro-blogging site, an impressive total, but well short of her husband’s following which is close to 12 million.