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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soundoff (158 Responses)
  1. Paul "Look at MEEE!!! I'm working in a soup kitchen!!!" Ryan

    The Ryan Voucher plan will include a "Legalize Euthanasia" clause and a free gun. The seniors will need to commit suicide when their health care dollars run out. Because THAT's what the GOP want them to do!!!

    October 25, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  2. Kirk in michigan

    Not voting republican again, liars, pervert the voting system to get an advantage, lie, lie, then lie some more. soonyou will be sent packing, not soon enough, anyone who can turn around an economy the size of Ours, without any support from the right just shows you that our country is better off without them

    October 25, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  3. Kirk in michigan

    See ya mittens, and thanks to all you uber rich, dollar jockeys for pumping all your money into advertising, you probrably looked to outsource that too. choice is all to clear, continue forward, or more bush/cheeney, we seriously cannot afford that

    October 25, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  4. STS

    "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?"
    by "A Bit Askew"

    Gee... 45 seconds of research can tell you that:

    1975 – Harvard Graduate
    1977 – 1984 – Joined Bain & Company (became vice president in 1978)
    1984 – 1999 – Cofounder & CEO of Bain Capital (spinoff company of Bain & Company)
    1999 – 2002 – CEO of Salt Lake City Winter Olympics
    2002 – 2007 – Governor of Massachusetts
    2007 – 2008 – Campaiging for 2008 Republican Presidential Nomination
    2009 – 2011 – Served on Board of Directors for Marriot International
    2008 – 2012 – Campaigning for 2012 Republican Presidential Nomination
    2012 – 2020 – President Of The United States of America

    Any questions?

    October 25, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  5. Name Richard Necrae

    While you people spread BS on abortion do you know come Jan. A bill is set to go before Congress to set laws of more regulations on wifi. Do you know that they want to keep files on what we write what we read and what we put on the net?Talking about keeping binders with our names on it.QUOTE so even the police can read the records.Oh I guess you do not.Your to busy being fed mindless BS.Oh and Mr.Presidentbis for this bill or not?

    October 25, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  6. CanThinkForMyself

    @STS 2012 – 2020 – Licking his wounds because he lost the presidential race in 2012 is more like it.

    October 25, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  7. DaveinIL

    "I'm only where I am today because I had great teachers and access to great education, and because I worked hard in school." I guess we'll have to take him at his word since the only thing that can be verified is that he graduated.

    October 25, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  8. just sayin

    >Joan They went to Kenya to dig up his family.

    no they didn't. most of obama's family is living in the usa illegally and chowing down at the public trough. why hasn't obama helped them with is millions of dollars? cheap sob??

    October 25, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  9. Name Richard Necrae

    Oh you do not know much about Libya but you know Kim KS cutout bra.These are the people you want to influence you on your vote?

    October 25, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  10. DaveinIL

    Kirk in michigan – "Not voting republican again". Reading the rest of you comment it's obvious that you liberals can't even be honest about who you voted for.

    October 25, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  11. roro

    A liberal, a moderate, and a conservative walk into a bar, and the bartender says, "Hey, Mitt". That is what scares me about Romney. We don't know who the heck he really is, and exactly what he does believe in. He just gives the audience what it wants to hear. Scary.

    October 25, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  12. roro

    Romney is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get. Scary.

    October 25, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  13. just sayin

    >roro Romney is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get. Scary.

    as opposed to obama. you know you're going to get more failure. i'll take my chances on the box of chocolates. can't go wrong with chocolate.

    October 25, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  14. STS

    "Romney is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get"

    Sure you do... when someone gets a box of chocolates, they actually do get a box of chocolates.
    So according to Roro's anology, when Romney says he'll fix the econmy, he'll actually fix the economy.

    October 25, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  15. Dean

    Obama's two cents worth is over-priced.

    October 25, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  16. independent

    Everyone who hasn't decided yet, vote for the President. The country could use four more years of stable growth and fewer wars. For everyone who hasn't decided whether or not they are going to vote, please get up go out and vote for the President. He needs your help, and those of us who believe we need him, we need your help. For those of you who don't believe voting matters. Accept for just this instance that it might, that the wrong person in office at this time could be a disaster for this country and the world. What if you turned out to be wrong and things do spin out of control if the President isn't reelected. Please, for you and me and the rest of us, go out and vote for the President. The Country needs you help over the next two weeks. Vote for President Obama. Ask anyone else you know to vote for the President.

    October 25, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  17. Beverly - NYC

    Wow the tin foil wing nuts are really out today. Obviously some of you are bitter that you haven't accomplished 1/10th of what President Obama has in his 50 yrs of life. That's your fault not his. Go tweet with your birther buffoon Trump.

    October 25, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  18. CryBabies

    @ Joan....Lies??? How about Benghazi and the lies being perpetrated to cover this event up so our lying President won't look bad ? Are "you people" selective with regards to right and wrong? "You people" are idiots that cling the idiotic rants of MSLSD. Oh , for what its worth...I'm sure Benghazi will be cleared up after November 6th. Hypocrits!

    October 25, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  19. sbrowne

    Loud and clear, OBAMA all the way.

    October 25, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  20. Big_D

    My question is if our children had better skills than Facebook and Twitter would our unemployment numbers be so high? We have 13 openings for people in my area that pay well, unfortunately we have few people with any real skills. Are we "liberals" the only ones that took time to develop skills? I thought the conservative told us all we did was get high when we were getting our degrees.

    October 25, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  21. truth hurts

    It is pretty clear that Obama has spent more time on Facebook over the last 4 years than he has on getting the economy and jobs back.

    October 25, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  22. CryBabies

    @ Mitt Robme DDTEPOS....Such an unbiased, cerebral POS you are. Get some facts and not liberal made up talking points together and resubmit your thoughts. Can't we all just move"froward" together? Pitiful!!

    October 25, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  23. fernace

    I don't recall any moment when Obama has used the "race card"! Please give examples or don't make baseless accusations! What we Do know is that Romney changes w/the wind! That is a fact w/lots of proof!! Obama Nov6!

    October 25, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  24. To whomever said the bar joke...

    Romney is Mormon.... He isn't a patron of bars... Mormons don't drink, smoke or do drugs.

    October 25, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  25. Concerned American

    I wouldn't vote for the president if you have me a million dollars... With Romney as president I would have a better chance of earning a million dollars.

    October 25, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
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