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This is the closest we’ll get to taking over the United States of America
If you’ve seen pictures of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong popping up on The White House’s Instagram, or photos of USA President Barack Obama and lush dining furnishings on LHL’s Instagram, don’t be perplexed.
PM Lee is currently in Washington DC for an official visit, and our social media-savvy minister has used the opportunity to take over The White House’s Instagram account, and vice-versa.
Hello everyone, Lee Hsien Loong (@leehsienloong) here—Singapore’s Prime Minister. I’m in DC on an official visit. We’ll be meeting President Obama and several of your Cabinet members. We are also deeply honoured to be invited to a State Dinner in the White House. The US and Singapore enjoy a close and longstanding friendship. We cooperate in many areas, from defense to trade. Stay tuned today as the White House and I do a mutual takeover of our Instagram accounts! —LHL #SGUS50
A photo posted by The Obama White House (@obamawhitehouse) on
The PM posted an update 12 hours ago to The White House’s account with a snapshot of him looking all comfy and chirpy. He wrote, “[We’re] deeply honoured to be invited to a State Dinner in the White House… Stay tuned today as the White House and I do a mutual takeover of our Instagram accounts!”
Meanwhile, on LHL’s Instagram page, The White House team has begun posting rare glimpses into the workings of the State Dinner:
Inside the White House kitchen, our chefs are getting ready to give Prime Minister Lee and Mrs. Lee a dinner that celebrates summer food from across the United States. The prepared meal includes blue crab from Maryland, Asian yams grown in California, and even heirloom tomatoes from our own @WHKitchenGarden here on the South Lawn. —@WhiteHouse
A photo posted by Lee Hsien Loong (@leehsienloong) on
What a neat idea to celebrate our friendship with the United States – there are few better ways to show you trust your friend than handing them your social media account!