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First Lady Michelle Obama Joins Pinterest

At the height of the Pinterest craze, the site gains a high-profile member.

Pinterest has a new member, but she’s no stranger to the public eye. First lady Michelle Obama joined the popular bulletin-board-style image-sharing website this week and already has more than 7,000 followers.

According to Mashable, the account is run by President Barack Obama’s campaign staff, but any content the first lady pins or posts herself, will be signed with her moniker “-mo” – the same signature she uses when posting on the Obamas’ Twitter accounts.

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Although Michelle Obama’s Pinterest account is run by her husband’s campaign staff, Michelle’s account doesn’t give off the appearance of a campaign plug for the president, despite the looming presidential election in November. So far, the first lady’s account consists of three bulletins titled “Around the White House,” “Great Memories” and “Father’s Day.”

Pin-Up Girl

Below are some recent photos Michelle posted to her Pinterest account.  


On her “Around the White House” board, the first lady is featured working out with the contestants of the reality TV show The Biggest Loser. She appeared in an episode of the show in early April as part of her “Let’s Move!” weight-loss initiative.




Photo: At the President’s 2009 inauguration, the Obamas share a moment of affection, and in this case, share clothes.


Photo: The Obamas pose with their two children Malia and Sasha. The picture asked fellow Pinterest users to sign below to wish the president a happy Father’s Day.


Pinterest garnered popularity over the last year and now sees 2.2 million visits daily from users, according to a recent study. But although it’s currently a female-centric site, local governments like the city of Tyler in east Texas are now using Pinterest to showcase their attractions and landmarks.

The Washington Post reported that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's wife Ann joined Pinterest in February.

Michelle Obama has Pinterest. Who else in government should get a Pinterest account? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.


Miriam Jones is a former chief copy editor of Government Technology, Governing, Public CIO and Emergency Management magazines.