But spokesman Josh Earnest says the bile flooding Obama's @POTUS account is worth the price of engaging the public on issues they care about. Earnest says that's why Obama launched the account on Monday after more than six years in office.
    
A review of the Twitter feed finds numerous messages that are racist or that call the president names. Others welcome him to Twitter. "POTUS" is an acronym for "President of the United States." Obama had more than 2.3 million followers as of Friday.

Obama broke a Guinness record  by becoming the fastest person to garner one million followers on Twitter, a  feat he accomplished in less than five hours with his new account @POTUS, a news agency reported.

In obtaining a million followers in less than five hours, Obama broke the  record previously set by actor Robert Downey Jr, who got to the one-million  mark in 23 hours and 22 minutes in April 2014.