Michelle Obama joins Twitter, followers flock

You can now follow @MichelleObama on Twitter.

The Obama 2012 campaign launched the account Thursday morning with two tweets.

We’re excited today to launch @michelleobama as a new way for you to connect with First Lady Michelle Obama and the President’s campaign.

— Michelle Obama (@michelleobama) January 12, 2012

This account will be managed by campaign staff, with any tweets from the First Lady herself signed “-mo.”

— Michelle Obama (@michelleobama) January 12, 2012

The launch of the account follows closely behind the release of “The Obamas,” a book by New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor that depicts tensions between the first lady and White House staff. Obama responded Wednesday to what she called a portrayal of her as “some angry black woman” in an interview with CBS anchor Gayle King.

In the interview she told King that her “hope is that over time people get to know me. And they get to judge me for me.”

@MichelleObama sent its first tweet at 8 a.m. ET on Thursday and by 1 p.m. had reached 100,000 followers. The account will give her another large platform from which to stump for her husband and, as her tweet says, connect with users. She also has a campaign- run Facebook page with more than 6 million fans.

President Obama has a campaign Twitter account, @BarackObama, which is also run by campaign staff and has tweets by the president himself signed “-bo.” That account tweeted a welcome message to the new account.

It’s not every day we get to welcome the First Lady of the United States to Twitter—happy to have you, @MichelleObama!

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 12, 2012

Obama has tweeted before on the official White House @JointForces account. White House staff taped her sending her first tweet in November 2011.

This post has been updated (1:03 p.m. ET)

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Natalie Jennings is a Web producer for PostTV.
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