Here's Why Former President Barack Obama Shared His Phone Number on Twitter

Olowokandi Fiyin
Sep 25, 2020
08:30 P.M.
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Barack Obama recently caused a stir on Twitter after sharing his phone number for users to contact him. The former president urged his followers to let him know how they were faring ahead of the upcoming elections.

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With the elections less than two months away, former President Barack Obama is doing all he can to be more accessible and relatable to citizens.

Yesterday, the 44th President of the United States took to his social media platforms to do the unimaginable and share his phone number for anyone to contact him.

Barack Obama delivers remarks at the BET's 'Love and Happiness: A Musical Experience" in a tent on the South Lawn of the White House October 21, 2016 | Photo: Getty Images

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Sharing a photo of him and wife Michelle Obama staring at a phone in his hand, Barack urged his throng of followers to reach out to him.

In 2017, former first lady Michelle spurred a frenzy when she mistakenly tweeted a number on her account.

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The 59-year-old was seen looking casual in an oversized plaid shirt with a rolled sleeve paired with brown pants, while Michelle looked stunning in a black denim dress with white patterns and a thin sleeve. He wrote alongside the image:

"If you're in the United States, send me a text at 773-365-9687 — I want to hear how you're doing, what's on your mind, and how you're planning on voting this year."

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Barack concluded, promising to keep in touch from time to time and share his thoughts with anyone. His tweet received over 246,000 likes and over 31,000 retweets.

While it seems as though that isn't the former president's private line, there are speculations that it is a personal number as the 773 area code attached to it belongs to his adopted hometown of Chicago, where Michelle hails from.

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The father-of-two has been involved in several campaigns and initiatives, sensitizing people all over the nation to vote in the upcoming elections. He has also endorsed candidate Joe Biden, who was his Vice President during his 8-year-tenure.

This isn't the first time the Obamas have caused a buzz with a phone number on Twitter. In 2017, former first lady Michelle spurred a frenzy when she mistakenly tweeted a number on her account.

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Although the tweet was deleted immediately, it didn't stop fans from taking a screenshot and dialing the number belonging to Duncan Wolfe.

According to reports, Wolfe was a former White House digital strategist who has worked for major brands like Amazon, Toyota, and McDonald's.

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He was also the brain behind the famous video of Michelle Obama dancing with centenarian Virginia McLaurin. When the power couple isn't sharing phone numbers, they keep fans updated with their impressive music playlists on Spotify.

In 2019, Barack shared his top songs of the year, which included tunes from Frank Ocean, Beyoncé, Lizzo, Summer Walker, Bruce Springsteen, and Nigerian star Burna Boy. He had previously also shared his favorite films, books, and TV shows.

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