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Donald Trump’s First Twitter Background as President Was a Photo From the Inauguration of Barack Obama

President Donald Trump officially took over the @POTUS Twitter account on Friday:

Screengrab by the author

The new Twitter background made me wonder: Whose inauguration is this from? The answer:

Yeah, it’s from President Obama’s inauguration in 2009.
Yeah, it’s from President Obama’s inauguration in 2009.

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Maybe the background was Melania’s idea?

Update, 1:20 p.m.: The team at Full Frontal With Samantha Bee has provided Trump a more accurate background:

Update, 1:55 p.m.: For the record, the background wasn’t a vestige of Obama’s account—here is a screengrab of how Obama’s @POTUS Twitter page looked just Thursday evening:

Obama’s Twitter background yesterday.
Obama’s Twitter background yesterday. (The photo, his longtime background, showed the 50th anniversary march in Selma.)

Screengrab by Slate’s Sam Adams

Regardless, someone on Trump’s social media team must have seen that they’d been caught, because they’ve changed the background for the second time today.

Trump’s new Twitter background, hastily added this afternoon.

Screengrab by Forrest Wickman

At least they seem to have chosen the right flag?

Update, 2:50 p.m.: @POTUS has changed Twitter backgrounds for the third time today, this time to a photo that is clearly a little too grainy to make an ideal header. Maybe someone can tweet him a higher-resolution image?

Screengrab by the author

Screengrab by the author

The smooth transition continues!