President Obama is now on Instagram


Photo-sharing social network Instagram received an endorsement Tuesday evening that comes straight from the top — President Barack Obama is now a member.

In a post to the official Barack Obama Tumblr blog, which is one of many social media elements of the president’s 2012 re-election campaign, the country’s “first official Instagram photo” was posted. The slightly stylized image (Valencia filter, maybe?) shows a behind-the-scenes look at Obama’s video-conference with Iowa caucus-goers who participated in the state’s Republican presidential primary.  

At the time of this writing, the photo has 321notes (likes, comments or shares) on Tumblr, and 1,337 likes on Instagram itself. The president has also racked up 13,742 followers on Instagram, but so far has not followed anyone back.

Regardless of your opinion about President Barack Obama’s governing policies, there’s no denying that he’s in touch with his tech-loving constituents. After using social media to help catapult him into the White House in 2008, the commander-in-chief can now be found on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube and, of course, Instagram.

The addition of President Obama to its membership is only the latest benchmark of success for the Silicon Valley startup. After garnering 15 million users, the iOS-only app won Apple’s “iPhone App of the Year” prize for 2011, and was named one of our “best tech startups of 2011.”