Transfer of power in Oval Office, social media as Biden is sworn in

A screenshot of the @POTUS Twitter page is shown on Jan. 20, 2021, after President Joe Biden was sworn in to office. Photo: Twitter. A screenshot of the @POTUS Twitter page is shown on Jan. 20, 2021, after President Joe Biden was sworn in to office.

Kyle Brown
Updated: January 20, 2021 02:37 PM
Created: January 20, 2021 12:31 PM

Now that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have been inaugurated as president and vice president, another sort of transfer of power has taken place on social media.

The new social media accounts for the Biden administration, as well as First Lady Jill Biden and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff, are now live with their official handles.

Twitter has transferred the @POTUS and @WhiteHouse handles from former President Donald Trump to Biden, archiving the Trump administration's account as @POTUS45 and @WhiteHouse45. Similarly, Harris has assumed the @VP account, and former Vice President Mike Pence's official tweets can now be found at @VP45

Unlike with the transfer from Obama to Trump, these are completely new accounts. Anyone who was following the Trump administration's official government accounts will have to follow the new White House accounts to get updates from the Biden administration.

The same is true on Facebook and Instagram; the White House and POTUS pages are brand-new for the Biden administration.

Here are the first posts from each of the new official social media accounts:

President Joe Biden

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by President Joe Biden (@potus)

Vice President Kamala Harris

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Vice President Kamala Harris (@vp)

The White House

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by The White House (@whitehouse)


Copyright 2021 - KSTP-TV, LLC A Hubbard Broadcasting Company

Comment on Facebook

1 dead, 1 hurt in shooting near George Floyd memorial

Minnesota man carries new outlook 1 year into pandemic

MDH: Over 1M Minnesotans with at least 1 COVID vaccination; 12 new deaths reported

Biden, Dems prevail as Senate OKs $1.9T virus relief bill

Sheriff: Driver taken to hospital after multi-county pursuit

Walz touts Minnesota vaccine program for educators, child care workers on milestone day