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
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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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soundoff (158 Responses)

    Hussein Obama can say whatever he wants but anyone with a brain knows he's LYING.

    October 25, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  2. Ready

    Oh look, Obama taking the tough questions again! Ha

    October 25, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  3. A Bit Askew

    @ Truth Hurts –

    I'm sorry, but you lost me... Adult leader, would love one. Competent, absolutely, rock on... Romney as either of those two?!?! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!

    This guy changes his mindset more than people used to change long distance companies.

    Furthermore, where is the missing 10+ years of Romney's Record. Born in 47, grad h.s. in 1965.. 2 years in france, 1967, 8 years harvard, 1975.. Got job with Bain, 1987... so what did mitt do for those 12 years?!?! Why isn't anyone keen to discuss that time period?

    October 25, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  4. seniorbabe

    President Obama got where he is by just what he said: hard work. He didn't have a millionaire father to "grease the skids" for him or help him along. He was raised by a single mother, and by his grandparents. I admire him, no matter his political affiliation. Affirmative action is just that; it doesn't guarantee that you will succeed, it just gives you an opportunity to do so, and Obama took advantage of it, as have millions of other people. I hope you won't be drawn into Trump's stupid challenge to show your college transcripts. I'm still waiting to see Romney's tax returns. The world would be a better place with fewer people like Donald Trump and more like Barack Obama. God bless you, President Obama.

    October 25, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  5. chupacabra

    His college transcript are hidden in the same place as Geoge W Bush's military record is(dd214)...I will vote for him largely because I don't like the way republicans are acting and have been acting ever sense he was elected..Obama/Biden...2012.

    October 25, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  6. Wake up People!

    Excellent advice Mr. President! I tell my daughter the same thing, especially about what you post on FB.

    OBAMA 2012!

    October 25, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  7. Bencanard

    He won't come clean with the American people on ANY of his college records and applications? I don't recall seeing transcripts from Romney nor do I recall seeing 10 years of tax returns, which has been the norm for presidential candidates since, oh, Romney's dad released his tax returns. Mr truth hurts, you're a hypocrite. Your not liking Obama is your prerogative, but your expressing a reason that is completely ridiculous suggests you don't have a good reason and are just against the man for because you are a Republican and that's what Republicans are supposed be.

    October 25, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  8. Screamin

    Obama uses Facebook but when the Administration was told on Facebook about the Libya attack as it was happening , they pass it off...What gives here ? Only good if you benefit from it?..While he may not have had a "Millionaire "father, he didn't need one as he had the Chicago political machine behind him

    October 25, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  9. Yolie Scott

    You people complain about President Obama on whatever he says and does. But apparently, it doesn't bother you that Romney won't show his taxes, backs up Mourdock and Akin who talk about rape like every woman should experience it, that himself or his sons have never served in the military, etc. So watch out for what you wish for.

    October 25, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  10. fernace

    I'm glad we have a high profile President who is willing to be available to the American people! I don't dislike Romney, by all personal accounts he's a very nice man & a good neighbor to have in a pinch! I just don't like him as a politican or his ideas of cutting & repealing all that has been accomplished by Obama! He also is such a flipflopper that it's hard to take him seriously! All we can be certain of w/Mitt in office is that the corporations & 1%ers will be well cared for! OBAMA 12!!

    October 25, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Has anyone else noticed his poor use of the English language? [ * They invited Michelle and I to dinner. * I gotta vote.]
    I would be very interested in seeing his grades

    October 25, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  12. suedatajo

    This is about dividing this Great Nation into pieces by creating racial differences.This is becoming like other developing countries

    October 25, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  13. TNT

    I agree with seniorbabe

    October 25, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  14. John, PA

    Funny how you liberals equate College Transcript to Tax Returns.
    Your College Transcript show how well you did in classes; your ability to learn and apply what you have learned, a level of intelligences. Based on president Obama’s performance over the last 3 plus years, America is questioning this presidents intelligence.
    Your Tax Returns show how you were paid for performing a job and we all know from day one; Romney was the over achiever and was paid well for his performance.

    October 25, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  15. I Voted Early In NC

    @kemikal-Thank you very much. Some people posting at work with racist, hateful comments have no idea their employers can read everything they post. A blogger last week lost his job for racist comments. Employers are also checking facebook comments and twitter. Once it's out there it never leaves. The President is correct with his advice. A word of advice never post anything you would not want your mother to see unless your mother taught you hate and racism. I agree bottom of the barrel indeed.

    October 25, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  16. The REAL Truth...

    @HUSSEIN OBAMA – Please tell us what the harm is in him releasing them.
    UNTIL Mitt the Twit releases 10 yrs of his tax returns AND the long form of his Mexican birth certificate AND his college records.. then I see no reason for Obama to do any different.

    October 25, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  17. just sayin

    >seniorbabe - President Obama got where he is by just what he said: hard work. He didn't have a millionaire father

    let him prove it then. until now he has not. also, he was raised by his white grandparents, and his grandmother was a vp in a large bank. hardly a rise from poverty that he likes to portray. just more of the obama myth.

    October 25, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  18. Joan

    I don't see how anyone could find something bad to say about Obama giving such a true and valuable advise to this young person. Plus he is not saying something new, he said this in most of all his speeches. If you are a poor white, black, latino and you are not rich, education will at least get you through the doors. So young people please, please stay in school and work hard and you will succeed.

    October 25, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  19. Peter Q Wolfe

    What is so controvercial about the President giving advice on using social networking? Honestly social networking and other internet tools are already important and will continue to be in the coming years in our professional to personal livelyhoods. he President was trying to give motivation on an emphasis on eeducation that should be nonpartisan but isn't to increase the U.S productivity and standardard of living but is overly politicized and influenced by religious zealotry that supresses true knowledge. Other than that I don't see anything to bring up pity arguments on off related threads that have nothing to do with the sttory at hand.

    October 25, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  20. Kirk in michigan

    Hussien, please tell me why mitt wont release his tax returns, as this is a trdition started by your father, to have transparency, its not tradition, or practiced previously to show college records. your pathetic, what do you see when you look in the mirror, not what everyone else does im sure, your shortsighted, small minded posts are almost as enertaining as truth, and for/door. by the way 4 door, you dont seem very bright for a sucessful business owner, maybe thats the real problem.

    October 25, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  21. asd;lkfjasd;lfkajsdf;asf

    Conservatives hate smart people now? What gives?

    October 25, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  22. carlos

    where do this hobbits come from, I mean the these REPUBICS posting on this forum.....bunch of querulous ilegitimate human beings.....PHEW....listening to the blimp bag makes them so ignorant it is pathetic, poor souls if they have any.....

    October 25, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  23. Kirk in michigan

    Mitt, i want to set the new tax code. i bet you do you P.0.S.. now go play with your friends overseas, oh, you insulted them already, well that did not stop you here. a vote for romneey shows lack of common sense. most of what i see him getting blamed for are not true, or not in his control. like newt saying, your president must not care about you, why else would there be $4 a gallon gasoline. what a fool he thinks you are, he knows the president has zero control, yet he is trying to make you think he does, some republicans never die

    October 25, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  24. Joan

    You can tell all the people on these blogs that are just outright RACIST. In 2008 when Obama was running for President if he had a MOLE on any part of his body it was EXPOSED He was put throught the wringer. They went to Kenya to dig up his family. HIs Church, his regligion etc. He is the only President that said and prove that he is a Christian. He was married, baptized in a Evangelical church and the proved is there. Yet even peopole Billy/Franklin Graham still doubt this man. Which I find very revolting because as a Christain how can the Graham judge this man. Romney is a Mormon and that reglion is a CULT. One of the extremely bazaar thing about Romneys' reglion is that they baptize dead people... Any one that is a really Christain and believe the Bible will want to run far away from this faith. Yet Romney who also every time he opens his mouth commit one the 10 command s(lies) is gettting away with all this. It is good to be White and Rich.

    October 25, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  25. Mark

    With great teachers and hard work, should have resulted in a pretty impressive scholastic record.

    He should release it to inspire others.

    October 25, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
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