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President Joe Biden is officially the tweeter-in-chief. 

As his inauguration came to an end on Wednesday, Biden dusted off the @POTUS twitter account and fired off his first post as president. 

And thank the heavens, his tweet was shockingly cogent and normal compared to the past four years of presidential posts.

“There is no time to waste when it comes to tackling the crises we face,” Biden wrote on Twitter shortly after taking office. “That’s why today, I am heading to the Oval Office to get right to work delivering bold action and immediate relief for American families.”

Biden was officially handed the @POTUS handle on Wednesday. The Trump administration’s archival posts were migrated over to @POTUS45 just like former President Barack Obama’s tweets were sent to @POTUS44. Other such accounts, like @WhiteHouse, @VP, @FLOTUS, and @PressSec were handed over to the Biden administration as well. 

There is no time to waste when it comes to tackling the crises we face. That’s why today, I am heading to the Oval Office to get right to work delivering bold action and immediate relief for American families.

— President Biden (@POTUS) January 20, 2021

Twitter transfers, of course, wouldn’t typically be such a big deal. But former President Donald Trump was the most capital-O Online world leader in history. He lived on Twitter up and until the platform banned him for inciting violence at the U.S. Capitol. 

Biden, on the other hand, posted a simple message about tackling the numerous crises the U.S. faces. Boring in the sense that it wasn’t an attack on a foe or some kind of unhinged commentary on cable news? Sure. It was definitely nothing like a post from the now-defunct @RealDonaldTrump account. But wow, was it refreshing.

In somewhat of an odd choice, however, Twitter didn’t let Biden inherit the followers from the POTUS account despite the fact that Trump got Obama’s followers. Instead the followers from @PresElectBiden were migrated to @POTUS. Biden’s digital director wasn’t happy about the decision when it was announced. 

“Twitter is starting us at zero…but recommended the President of the United States tag other accounts to encourage growth,” Rob Flaherty wrote on Twitter. 

No matter, Biden’s @POTUS account has already racked up 1.4 million followers and counting.

On inaug day:

-FB is transferring @JoeBiden’s followers over to POTUS

-Snap is handing us @WhiteHouse

-YT is giving us all of the @WhiteHouse Subs

-Twitter is starting us at zero…but recommended the President of the United States tag other accounts to encourage growth

— Rob Flaherty (@Rob_Flaherty) January 15, 2021

Ready to serve.

— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) January 20, 2021

Not for nothing, Vice President Kamala Harris actually tweeted from her new @VP account before Biden broke his in. 

“Ready to serve,” the account posted as Biden delivered his inaugural speech. 

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