Obama's Facebook warning
Obama held a town hall meeting at Facebook's California offices on April 20, 2011.
October 25th, 2012
12:55 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama's Facebook warning

(CNN) - Barack Obama has over 31 million fans on Facebook, so perhaps his advice about using the site comes with expertise.

He offered his two cents in response to a question from the reader of the magazine US Weekly, according to excerpts posted online.

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A 16 year-old reader from Detroit asked Obama for advice the president would give someone who aspires to reach the Oval Office himself.

"Be careful what you post on Facebook!" Obama said, according to the magazine.

"And most of all, take your education seriously," he added. "I'm only where I am today because I had great teachers and access to great education, and because I worked hard in school."

Obama's social media presence - which includes his Facebook, Twitter, and representation on other social media sites - is largely managed by his campaign, although his campaign has said he will occasionally make posts himself, which he signs with his initials.

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Filed under: 2012 • Facebook • President Obama
soundoff (158 Responses)
  1. Both sides are full of it

    Obama: Oh you little media darling. So can we expect you to actually spend some time doing your job next term if re-elected, since there's nothing left for you to run for?

    October 25, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  2. truth hurts

    "And most of all, take your education seriously," he added. "I'm only where I am today because I had great teachers and access to great education, and because I worked hard in school."
    Except he won't come clean with the American people on ANY of his college records and applications. Mr. Transparency is the most hidden person the country ever had in the Whitehouse. He expects and demands others to reveal their entire life while hiding much of his own.

    Wake up America. This guy is a SHAM. The Democrats sold you a marketing mirage in 2008. Time for a REAL ADULT LEADER in the WHitehouse. Time for some COMPETENCE. Time for ROmney/Ryan.

    October 25, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  3. Long Time Democrat

    You're where you are because of affirmative action. You're not fooling anyone.

    October 25, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  4. just askin

    looks like the useful idiot tour continues full tilt. why doesn't obama tell all these kids how he is selling their future down the tiolet with $20 trillion in debt that they will have to pay off? now that is a truly inconvenient truth. obama is the last person these kids should be voting for if they want a future.

    October 25, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |

    Good advice Mr. President. I haven't heard any words of HOPE from the criminal candidate.

    October 25, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  6. Mickey Moto

    Work hard in school? how would we know barry, we've never seen your college records.

    October 25, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  7. well articulated comment,to the young man.

    i recommend his opionion

    October 25, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  8. Long Time Democrat

    Hussein Obama has proven he hates charities.

    October 25, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  9. Borderless

    Obama forgot to mention that he is where he is today because he has not been held accountable for his fails by either the press or his supporters. He forgot to mention the millions in free campaign advertising he gets from the entertainment industry. He forgot to mention the vicious character assassinations that are the hallmark of his campaign. He forgot to mention that he bought support from corporations by giving them federal aid. He forgot to mention he bought off government contractors by forgiving their fines if they would violate the law to keep bad news out of the press. He forgot to mention that he threw Clinton under the bus to protect himself over Benghazi. Actually, in the pie chart that makes up contributing factors to Obama's presidency, education is thinnest, most indiscernible slice.

    October 25, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  10. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    A lot of people posting on Facebook have already shot themselves in the foot because they don't know whether their employer is a Democrat or Republican, once it's out there you can't take it back.

    October 25, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  11. Thomas

    @truth hurts & Long Time Democrat
    You're where you are because of affirmative action. You're not fooling anyone.


    How much is the Karl Rove Pimp Machine paying you two to post here , or maybe you are the same person ?

    You spue about division , yet you divid with untrue facts . You criticize the President for oil spills to gas prices , for ending wars , not starting new wars.

    What is with you NeoCon leftovers from the GW Bush world of Amnesia ?

    Like Mitts say's it's a deferent time .

    October 25, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  12. BLKMANinAmerica

    Good advice Mr. President and truthful.

    October 25, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  13. Independent Texan

    My late grandmother was right. Ignorance runs rampant in the world. Our sitting president was simply answering a question posed to him. He's damned if he doesn't and damned if he does. I cant, for the life of my, understand why everything he says is met with such disdain. What president has EVER been asked to release his birth certificate, college transcript, passport application. What about 10 years of Romney's tax returns, any straight answer, clear vision for America, stand on the Lilly Ledbetter Act, stand on women's rights, or any important issue facing America.

    October 25, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  14. Nancy

    Name one other U.S. President that has been hounded to show his college transcripts. Bet you can't. That's because the President's college grades didn't make a difference until Romney decided to hide his tax returns – unlike any other Presidential candidate in recent history. Keep bleating about his transcripts, since you obviously don't have anything else to bleat about – or go back to Faux News. Oh, wait. They shut down their comments because of all the wild-eyed crazies.

    October 25, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  15. Jim Doyle

    @truth hurst & long time democrats. You want to see the President's college transcripts? Really? But it's totally OK with you that Mittens hasn't even released his tax returns, much less college transcripts? You people are pathetic. You just go on these blogs to be annoying. High schoolers, I'm guessing....I'd like to see your college transcripts! LOL

    October 25, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  16. Name Quartez G

    "Mr. President please show your college records, if not we're not going to vote for you!" NEWS FLASH: You guys weren't voting for him anyways, so it doesn't matter!! "Mr. President, we will proudly donate $5 million big ones to a charity of your choice if you show your college transcripts." Dam, isn't that bribery?? I'm sticking with my guy(s), Obama/Biden.

    October 25, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  17. jeff

    Does Obama really think its ok for six year olds to use that kind of language? Maybe thats why our country is in the tank. You are the President. Talk like you are, at least.

    October 25, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  18. rs

    truth hurts
    Please look up FERPA- education records are private and protected by federal law. Shoot- coming from you- your candidate won't admit to paying taxes- remember? He won't release his educational records either.

    October 25, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  19. Screamin

    Obama uses Facebook but when the Administration was told about the Libya attack as it was happening, they pass it off...What gives here ? Only good if you benefit from it?

    October 25, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |

    Nancy – If he's not hiding anything why not give his charities $5 million?

    Please tell us what the harm is in him releasing them.

    October 25, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  21. rs

    BTW Truth hurts-

    It will apparently be a very cold day in Hell when something truthful falls from your candidates' lips. Mr. Romney has Zero credibility on anything because he'll say anything. He is truthfully the "Nowhere man".
    You want to vote for him- great. Waste your vote and tray to hurt America more- I'll vote for the man working for the majority of Americans, and has proven success in pulling America back from the disasterous Bush years.

    October 25, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  22. Babyboomer

    Excellent advise Mr. President. Once somethings out there, it's out there. We all need to be careful.

    October 25, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  23. Sleepless in Cali

    Obama: "But most of all you gotta learn to lie really well and play the race card - never let facts stand in the way of a good whopper - sure worked for me!"

    October 25, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  24. kemikal

    This article is simply about being careful with what you post on and how you use social media. No need for the racist comments. More than half of you will lose jobs or not be selected for them based on information you've posted via social media applications; even what you've posted here in this forum. Think really hard about HOW RACIST you want to be in public. Bottom of the barrel indeed!!

    October 25, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  25. nobama

    Hard hitting question for the president. I understand he is later being interviewed by Honey Boo-Boo then Snookie.

    October 25, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
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