Hail to the Chief: President Obama Facebook Page Launched

By David Cohen Comment

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President Barack Obama finally has a Facebook page, and it’s verified and everything!

The page launched Monday, and its initial post (embedded below) read:

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.)

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. 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. But we’ve got to do more. In a few weeks, I’m heading to Paris to meet with world leaders about a global agreement to meet this challenge.

I hope you’ll join me in speaking out on climate change and educating your friends about why this issue is so 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.

If we’re all in this together, I’m confident we can solve this and do right by future generations.

The President Obama page also included the following life events:

  • Aug. 4, 1961: Born in Honolulu to Stanley Ann Dunham and Barack Obama Sr.
  • Oct. 3, 1992: Married Michelle Robinson at Trinity United Church in Chicago.
  • Jan. 8, 1997: Sworn in as an Illinois state senator representing the 13th district.
  • Jan. 3, 2005: Sworn in as a U.S. senator from Illinois.
  • Jan. 20, 2009: Sworn in as the 44th president of the U.S.
  • Jan. 20, 2013: Took the oath of office to begin second term as president.

Social analytics provider Quintly is tracking the page’s growth in real-time, finding that it is gaining approximately 18,000 likes per hour.

Readers: Are you surprised that it took so long for this page to be established?

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