Jan 12, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Michelle Obama is getting a presidential welcome to Twitter.

The first lady's Twitter feed went live on Thursday. It is managed by the president's re-election campaign, with any tweets from the first lady herself to be signed "-mo."

The first two tweets came from the campaign staff, not the first lady, and described the account as "a new way for you to connect with First Lady Michelle Obama and the President's campaign."

Within an hour, the first lady had more than 20,000 followers.

President Barack Obama also has a Twitter account managed by the campaign.

Its first tweet of the day: "It's not every day we get to welcome the First Lady of the United States to Twitter -- happy to have you, @MichelleObama!"

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