White House joins Instagram, posts Africa departure

Jun 26, 2013
US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland on June 26, 2013, as they prepare to depart on a trip to Senegal , South Africa and Tanzania. The White House added Instagram to its social media portfolio on Wednesday, as it posted a picture of a helicopter with President Barack Obama and his family taking off on a trip to Africa.

The White House added Instagram to its social media portfolio on Wednesday, as it posted a picture of a helicopter with President Barack Obama and his family taking off on a trip to Africa.

"The First Family takes off for a three-country trip across Africa #MarineOne #ObamaInAfrica Follow @WhiteHouse for more!," said the caption for the picture of the presidential helicopter leaving the White House.

Within hours, the account had more than 2,000 on the photo-sharing service, which is owned by Facebook.

The first post generated a number of user comments. One person wrote, "It's about time posting your first pic," and another said "have nice trip and don't go to Egypt."

But another user said, "SO HAPPY WE PAY TAX FOR OBAMA VACATION??"

Obama headed to Africa on a long-awaited first major tour Wednesday, with plans to visit Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania over the next week. He may also visit ailing 94-year-old Nelson Mandela in South Africa.

The White House already uses Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr, and Obama himself uses a variety of social media.

During his two presidential campaigns, Obama relied heavily on the Internet for organizing, fundraising and communicating.

Last week, video-sharing was added to the Instagram photo-based social network, in a move challenging Twitter's popular Vine service.

Facebook completed its acquisition of Instagram in September. The original price was pegged at $1 billion but the final value was less because of the decline in Facebook's .

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2 / 5 (4) Jun 26, 2013
Let's hope Barry Soetoro(Obama) stays in his homeland of Kenya. Worthless FRAUD.

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