President Joe Biden runs two official Twitter accounts.
Since he took the oath of office on January 20 2021, Biden has primarily used the @POTUS account. That account has 8.7 million followers and only follows 12 accounts. All 12 accounts that @POTUS follows are official U.S. government accounts for figures like Vice President Kamala Harris, Press Secretary Jen Psaki, White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain and The White House itself.
Biden has also had the @JoeBiden account for years, and which he will continue to use for the purpose of political campaigning and non-official business.
The @JoeBiden account has 29.2 million followers and follows 47 accounts, including a variety of high profile political figures, organizations, and celebrities.
These are the 14 most popular accounts on Twitter followed by President Joe Biden (as of March 2021).
14. Mariska Hargitay (@Mariska) – 972,900 followers
Actress Mariska Hargitay is best known for her role as Olivia Benson on the NBC series Law & Order: SVU, where she has been one of the leads since 1999. Hargitay has worked alongside Biden for years on issues relating to violence against women and to advocate to clear the backlog of rape kits in police departments. She narrated a biographical video of Biden that was a part of the 2016 Democratic convention. Hargitay also spoke at the 2020 Democratic convention in support of Biden. Biden appeared alongside Hargitay as himself in an episode of Law & Order: SVU in season 18 of the show. The episode was entitled “Making A Rapist” and aired September 28 2016.
13. Sen. Tim Kaine (@TimKaine) – 1 million followers
Senator Tim Kaine has represented the commonwealth of Virginia in the US Senate since 2013. He served alongside President Biden in the Senate. Kaine was Sec. Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential running mate in the 2016 election, the same position Biden held with Obama in 2008 and 2012. Kaine was one of the first six senators to endorse Biden’s presidential campaign in 2020.
12. The Obama Foundation (@ObamaFoundation) – 1 million followers
The Obama Foundation is a non-profit group set up by President Barack Obama after his term as president ended. The foundation oversees the Barack Obama Presidential Center and under the banner of the foundation, President Obama helps to train and support leaders in the United States and around the world.
11. Doug Emhoff (@DouglasEmhoff) – 1 million followers
Doug Emhoff is the husband of Vice President Kamala Harris and currently serves as the Second Gentleman. Emhoff is the first man to serve as the spouse to an elected member of the executive branch.
10. The Democratic Party (@The Democrats) – 2.1 million followers
President Biden has been a member of the Democratic Party for his entire political career. As a Democrat, Biden has been elected Senator, Vice President, and President of the United States.
9. Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) – 3.4 million followers
Former Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg and President Biden ran against each other in the 2020 Democratic primary. After Buttigieg dropped out of the race he endorsed Biden’s campaign. When Biden became President he nominated Buttigieg to be Secretary of Transportation, and on a vote of 86-13, Buttigieg was confirmed to the position he now holds.
8. Dr. Jill Biden (@DrBiden) – 4.2 million followers
Dr. Jill Biden is the First Lady of the United States and President Biden’s wife since 1977. She is the stepmother to Beau and Hunter Biden, and has one child with President Biden, Ashley Biden.
7. The White House (@WhiteHouse) – 4.9 million followers
The official White House account generally tweets out official announcements from the administration that aren’t directly attributable to the president. It also usually retweets the @POTUS account.
6. Chrissy Teigen (@ChrissyTeigen) – 13.7 million followers
Chrissy Teigen and her husband, John Legend, have been prominent progressive activists using their fame to promote and support Democratic candidates like Biden. Teigen asked Biden to unfollow her after she became the only unofficial account followed by the @POTUS account. Eventually she was unfollowed.
5. Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) – 17.8 million followers
Kamala Harris and Joe Biden famously butted heads when both were candidates during the 2020 Democratic primaries. That rivalry turned to a partnership after Biden selected Harris as his running mate. Vice President Harris has been deeply involved in the actions of the Biden administration, and as the president of the Senate, she cast the deciding vote that allowed debate on the 2021 American Rescue Plan to advance, eventually passing the Senate 50-49.
4. Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) – 20.4 million followers
First Lady Michelle Obama has been as close to the Bidens as her husband, President Barack Obama. Michelle Obama and then-Second Lady Jill Biden worked together on the Joining Forces campaign to highlight the service of military families. Michelle Obama touted Joe Biden as a “profoundly decent man” in her highly watched speech endorsing his campaign during the 2020 Democratic Convention.
3. Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) – 30.9 million followers
President Biden and Hillary Clinton served together at several points in their careers, first they were both in the US Senate, with Biden representing Delaware and Clinton representing New York. Later, after Biden was elected Vice President, Clinton was appointed Secretary of State by President Obama. They were both in the iconic photo taken in the White House Situation Room during the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden. They ran against each other in the 2008 primaries, both eventually losing to President Obama. Clinton was Biden’s predecessor as the Democratic nominee for president in the 2016 election.
2. Lady Gaga (@LadyGaga) – 84 million followers
Lady Gaga was a prominent celebrity supporter of Biden’s during the 2020 contest. She campaigned for Biden days before the election and performed at a Biden rally. Following Biden’s win, Lady Gaga sang the American National Anthem at his inauguration in January 2021.
1. Barack Obama (@BarackObama) – 129.8 million followers
This of course makes sense. Not only was President Obama Biden’s predecessor as a Democratic president, but he served for 8 years alongside Obama as his vice president and they both served together as US Senators. President Obama has the most followed Twitter account in the entire world.
President Obama gave Biden and Harris a rousing endorsement in his speech to the 2020 Democratic Convention: “Joe and Kamala will restore our standing in the world — and as we’ve learned from this pandemic, that matters. Joe knows the world, and the world knows him. He knows that our true strength comes from setting an example the world wants to follow. A nation that stands with democracy, not dictators. A nation that can inspire and mobilize others to overcome threats like climate change, terrorism, poverty and disease.”
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