And the former president’s claim predictably sent social media into overdrive.
In an ATTN: video released Wednesday, Obama thanked young people for teaching him how to successfully quarantine during the coronavirus pandemic — from sourdough starters to the “Renegade Challenge” on TikTok.
Obama, whose Secret Service code name is “Renegade,” said he enjoyed the Renegade Challenge on “my finsta.” He went on to extoll the virtues of voting, and suggested how to do it safely, early and securely amid the ongoing public health crisis.
Check out the video here:
Over the last few months, I've learned a thing or two from the young people in our country. I figured I would return the favor by sharing with you how to make a plan to vote in this upcoming election.— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 16, 2020
Get registered and vote early: https://t.co/Q5BUeMaOB5
Video: @attn pic.twitter.com/CNqjS7Dmxo
“Now, there are a lot of people out there trying to confuse and mislead you about this election. They’re trying to make you cynical,” Obama said in an apparent dig at President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly sought to sow doubt about the result of the 2020 election.
“They are trying to get you to believe your vote doesn’t matter,” Obama added. “Do not let them do that. Our democracy is a precious thing and it’s up to all of us to protect it.”
Now, it’s unclear whether Obama does actually have a fake account on the Facebook-owned platform.
But Twitter users sure had fun talking about the possibility:
Today I learned Obama got a finsta and I want to find it— Jasmine Todd (@MsGoogleme) September 17, 2020
I’m going to pretend everyday that Barack Obama’s “finsta” is following me. https://t.co/A4pEHUfrqx— Stephen Groves (@stephengrovesjr) September 17, 2020
What I got from this is that President Obama has a finsta and I /MUST/ know what’s on it. https://t.co/TyyTb0obwM— gabe in diaspora (@gabeindiaspora) September 16, 2020
Now that I know Obama has a finsta I won’t know peace— Aliya (@aliya_daniels) September 16, 2020
Obama has a Finsta?! Let the social-media detectives dig in.... https://t.co/pF1Myl4Ajq— Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) September 16, 2020
Operation Find Obama’s Finsta commences now— CGB (@cydthewonderkyd) September 16, 2020
Absolutely did not have Barack Obama saying finsta on my 2020 bingo card but here we are pic.twitter.com/oSAwxTeirk— Max Levy (@maxwellkayton) September 16, 2020
i wanna know what barack obama posts on his finsta— anna myhre (@anna_myhre) September 16, 2020
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This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.