Obama Playing HQ Trivia? Former President Congratulated After 'Winning' on Popular App

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An HQ user named "Obama" won the trivia game on Wednesday night, prompting some to question whether it was the former president. In the image above, former President Barack Obama acknowledges the audience as he arrive at the Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago, Illinois, October 31, 2017. Jim Young/Getty Images

Updated | What's former President Barack Obama up to these days? Beating everyone at HQ trivia, apparently. And on the night of Michelle Obama's birthday no less.

Last night, users of the popular HQ app noticed an interesting name among the 91 winners: "Obama." This ignited a social media firestorm.

Many were apparently convinced Obama did indeed win HQ on Wednesday night, or at least really wanted to believe it's him. One Twitter user tweeted, "If this is really Obama, I feel highly validated for my @hqtrivia obsession."

If this is really Obama, I feel highly validated for my @hqtrivia obsession. pic.twitter.com/oqNYey0Xpp

— Smriti Sinha (@SmritiSinhas) January 18, 2018

Another user tweeted, "I realize there is only a .0001% chance this is true, but it would officially make HQ the greatest game show ever if Obama really did just win tonight's quiz, taking home $21.98."

I realize there is only a .0001% chance this is true, but it would officially make HQ the greatest game show ever if Obama really did just win tonight’s quiz, taking home $21.98 pic.twitter.com/tw7r6dyqC5

— Ted Mann (@turkeymonkey) January 18, 2018

Here are some of the other tweets about Obama's alleged HQ victory:

A chap named Obama just won HQ pic.twitter.com/SnHSDwDj1O

— Sarah Begley (@SCBegley) January 18, 2018

meanwhile, Obama’s out here winning hq trivia pic.twitter.com/lTq8RFINCF

— chelsea adelaine hassler (@chelseaadelaine) January 18, 2018

OBAMA PLEASE COME BACK AND RUN THIS COUNTRY! WE KNOW YOU CAN BEAT TRUMP AT HQ! pic.twitter.com/lbPQoyKM6a

— beyonséh (@whotookbeyonseh) January 18, 2018

Wednesday also happened to be Michelle Obama's birthday––she turned 54. In an Instragram post celebrating the occasion, the former president wrote: "You're not only my wife and the mother of my children, you're my best friend. I love your strength, your grace, and your determination. And I love you more each day. Happy Birthday, @MichelleObama."

The former first lady thanked her husband in a post on her Instagram page, writing: "Thank you @BarackObama for the beautiful flowers waiting for me in the office this morning. You're my best friend, biggest fan, and getting notes and flowers from you will never get old. And to the many people from around the country who sent cards and posted on social media, you have no idea how much we love hearing from you. I know birthdays can sometimes be bittersweet (54!), but your messages of hope, generosity, and warmth have always reminded me how lucky and blessed we are."

Given the occasion, the former president was not actually playing HQ on Wednesday night, Obama spokeswoman Katie Hill told Newsweek. "President Obama is as competitive a trivia player as anybody, but he was celebrating his wife's birthday last night with dinner and a play. In other words, not exactly the most conducive environment for gaming on a phone," Hill said.

Update: This article has been updated with a comment from a spokeswoman for Obama.