Obama Gets a Facebook Page, Talks About the Environment

9 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Obama Launches Facebook Page, Calls for Climate Change Action.

(Note: This page is different from the Barack Obama Facebook page that is run by Organizing for Action, a non-profit that advocates for Obama’s agenda.) While you cannot actually become friends with the president on the social media website, you can like his page and get all the updates that come along with it.Obama writes that he hopes the Facebook page will serve as a “place where we can have real conversations about the most important issues facing our country.” He doesn’t waste any time diving into the issues, talking about the importance of addressing climate change on a global level. The 44th President of the United States created a Facebook page Monday morning with hopes that it could become a place where people discuss hot topics facing the country such as climate change. “Hello, Facebook! The page has already been verified by the social networking company and will center on the president’s wish to communicate directly with the public.

Instead he opted to post a two-minute video of him wandering around his “backyard,” which happens to be a national park located behind the White House. “I’m kicking it off by inviting you to take a walk with me in my backyard – something I try to do at the end of the day before I head in for dinner,” the president wrote about his page in his inaugural Facebook post. “I say this often, but that’s because it’s always at the front of my mind: 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. In a few weeks, I’m heading to Paris to meet with world leaders about a global agreement to meet this challenge.” Aside from the stroll through his yard, the president posted some life milestones, including his marriage to Michelle in 1992, the days he was sworn in as a state and U.S. senator, and both of his presidential inaugurations.

Obama hasn’t been shy about participating in social media throughout his presidency, taking to Twitter, LinkedIn, Medium, Quora, and of course now Facebook. Yes, he’s been on social media before with his @BarackObama account, but that’s more for campaigning, and election laws prohibit mixing campaign and governance. Not only does it have a slew of Silicon Valley executives serving in it — former Google exec Megan Smith serves as the U.S.’s chief technology officer and Twitter’s former general counsel Alex Macgillivray is her deputy; former Facebooker and Branch cofounder Josh Miller works within the administration on digital products — but it also has been looking at technology to see how it can better reach Americans and help solve our country’s problems. Because it’s a “POTUS” account, it’s likely that when Obama leaves office, the new president will receive the keys to the account to share whatever they want.

But we’ve got to do more.” Some of the photos that have already been uploaded to the page include one of Obama as a child, his wedding with Michelle, and several other photos of him being sworn into government positions.

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