President Trump's New @POTUS Twitter Account Uses an Image from Obama's Inauguration

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Obama drew far more supporters in 2009 than Trump did on Friday. Twitter

At exactly 12:00 p.m. eastern time, Donald Trump was sworn in as president of the United States. At that same instant, every tweet Barack Obama made from the official @POTUS Twitter account was transferred to an archive, and the account was redesigned to reflect the new president. "45th President of the United States," the new bio reads. "Working on behalf of the American people to make our country great again."

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The new profile picture is of Trump scowling, and the header photo is scene of Americans waving flags at the inauguration. Unfortunately, it's the wrong inauguration. The photo was taken in 2009, at Barack Obama's swearing in.

If an inauguration photo was necessary, it makes sense that one would be taken from Obama's rather than Trump's, when skies were sunny as opposed to overcast. More significant than the nice weather, though, is the attendance at each inauguration. Compare the size of Obama's crowd in 2009 against Trump's on Friday.

Wow - Trump inauguration crowd compared to Obama's#Inauguration @rulajebreal @mehdirhasan @rezaaslan @BahmanKalbasi @ShaunKing @ase

— Trita Parsi (@tparsi) January 20, 2017

It's certainly a bizarre move for Trump to cop an image from his predecessor's swearing in and pass it off as coming from his own. As of publication, the misleading photo still remains the header of the new @POTUS account.

Update | The header photo of the @POTUS Twitter account has been changed from an image of the crowd at Barack Obama's inauguration in 2009 to a blurry image of Trump looking out a window.

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