President Barack Obama has officially joined Facebook on Monday. His profile says he is a dad, husband and 44th President of the United States. The account comes with a warning though: comments and messages received through the account may be archived by the government.
According to the White House, the Facebook account will serve as a new place online for the president to engage with the American people. The videos and posts are coming exclusively from him as part of his effort to make his Administration the most open and participatory in history. The Faceboo account will also allow Americans to open up their thoughts for the President to know.
Obama on Facebook
“Hello, Facebook! I finally got my very own page. I hope you’ll think of this as a place where we can have real conversations about the most important issues facing our country – a place where you can hear directly from me, and share your own thoughts and stories. (You can expect some just-for-fun stuff, too,” the president’s first status reads.
In this same status, he invites his Facebook friends – he has more than 400,000 already – to take a walk with him in his backyard at the White House. He says strolling his luscious garden is something he always does at the end of his day before dinner. His message then shifted to an invitation for everyone to be aware about climate change.
“We’ve got to preserve this beautiful planet of ours for our kids and grandkids. And that means taking serious steps to address climate change once and for all. Now, we’ve made a lot of progress to cut carbon pollution here at home, and we’re leading the world to take action as well. But we’ve got to do more,” the president said.
He mentions about his trip to Paris next week to meet with world leaders about combating the challenge of climate change. He then invites everyone to join his cause, speak out on climate change and educate others about why the issue is important. “At a time when nearly three in four adults online use Facebook, this feels like a great place to do it. Share your thoughts in the comments, and pass this message on to folks you think need to see it,” he says more.