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)
  1. John Tighe

    I wish I could vote for a liberal democrat. It seems like the only choices are "Republican" and "Crazy Republican".

    October 25, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  2. jennifer in Houston

    nobama.. "honeyboo and snookie" I guess that is the level of your intelligence if you have any. The question was from a 16 year old so wasn't supposed to be difficult. Of course if he had been a repug he would probably asked a faux question based on some Faux news lies that you all suck up like goldfish in glass bowls.

    October 25, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  3. robmeblind

    robme will offer corruption in the government.... this guy is sooo shady. So his selling the American people a plan he cant explain....robme tell us hes gonna do this and his gonna do that however no blueprints of his agenda!!! are you that stupid you cant figure this out or is your desperation that big that you will buy anything he sells? wake the fuk up America. \

    This is the same as me selling you a 2012 BMW but you cant see it until you buy it.I'll sell it to you cheap for 7000 dollars. will you buy? It ssounds great right? little do you know once you purchase the ride. it doesnt have a motor, no interior furnishing, no tires, just the chasis.

    Sounds like robme's plan for the American people. Wise the fuk up people.

    October 25, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  4. Obama2012

    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.

    Concerned American it doesn't matter who is in office you won't earn a million dollars, because you're not smart enough to know how a million dollars is earned. Chew on that for a minute. Notice I said chew, because your thinking process is warped.

    October 25, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  5. jpmichigan

    The only problelm I have with Obama's advise, how does one know what kind of student he was, when he refuses to show any info on collage grades/papers. Are we to take his word for it, he has stated he frabricated parts of the books he wrote, so they would sell more copies.

    October 25, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  6. Obama2012

    jpmichigan you want to see the presidents transcripts heck you can't even spell college....get a grip

    October 25, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  7. annarchist

    Concerned American:
    Why do you think that you would have a chance...Romney has not said anything that he can stick to. If you had a friend that filipped on you every time you made plans with him, wouldn't you call this person an untrust worthy person & and not very dependable? What is the difference here? Well, the difference is, you could end the freindship, but if you elect Romney, you won't be able to end the friendship until after four years. You don't know him, and that is the thick and the thin of it. The numbers are improving, stop thinking that something is suppose to happen overnight. The ship is slowly righting itself, be patient; afterall, it is a virtue.

    October 25, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  8. truthhurts


    The only problelm I have with Obama's advise, how does one know what kind of student he was, when he refuses to show any info on collage grades/papers. Are we to take his word for it, he has stated he frabricated parts of the books he wrote, so they would sell more copies.

    I agree !!

    October 25, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  9. 1nsite

    Why don't people just be truthful about the double standard? Obama is demanded to release his birth certificate, college transcripts, and whatever else no other candidate has been asked for. Yet, Romney will not release his taxes which his own father supported! Let the hypocrisy shine through! Same guy who rallied in support of the Vietnam war yet ran off to France instead of serving himself.

    October 25, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  10. RudyG

    The president says his opponent is a bulls...ter. Very classy stuff from Obama. His stripes are beginning to show in the heat of battle. Obamaloney is now becoming obamanure!!

    October 25, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  11. Lizzy10

    Isn't it Nov. 6th yet?

    October 25, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  12. annarchist

    yep, let's put our country in the hands of the more rich and powerful because we are not doing good, and they are the only ones that can get us out of it, right?

    Well let us see, these are the people that got us into this mess, so why in the heck do people still want to vote for a party that have the backing of the people that robbed us all blind, oh because Obama cannot fix the mess quick enough, and we (white people, want our country back) GO FIGURE!!!

    Reportings on the Dumb Americans

    October 25, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  13. Tami

    Yes, work hard and get C's. Have someone else pay for your education. Just like Obama did. Dems made fun of Bush for not getting good grades. Neither did Obama. Has he ever even worked a real job before? Nope, always having someone else pay his way.

    October 25, 2012 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  14. max


    The only problelm I have with Obama's advise, how does one know what kind of student he was, when he refuses to show any info on collage grades/papers. Are we to take his word for it, he has stated he frabricated parts of the books he wrote, so they would sell more copies.

    October 25, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
    Why the heck you want to see his transcript? Seriously....Bush didn't sound too bright and nobody wanted to see his. Why don't you post yours if you had higher education that is. I find most asking to see his transcripts are just dunce and wouldn't even be able to read or comprehend one. He was not chosen to be head of Harvard Law Review by a conservative board because he was a dunce....idiots

    October 25, 2012 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  15. Andrew

    Don't trust either of them! They Both Lie! Obama and Romney are not qualify to Rule!

    October 25, 2012 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  16. r

    Really? Take your education seriously? How about releasing your educational transcripts so we can see how seriously you took your education.

    October 25, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  17. miklea supporter, but

    I was for Obama, but his "romnesia" his poor class, moved my family to Romney.

    October 25, 2012 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  18. therealtruthhurts

    Has anyone ever seen Bush, Cheney, Reagan, Ford, or Carter's school records? This campaign has allowed the ignorance to rise to the highest occasion. I won't bother defending all the uneducated comments toward the president. We all know why these pick-up driving anonymous haters hide behind a blog that is ran by a media outlet for the sole purpose of dividing the country. All for the sake of a so-called article. Too bad, education is not mandated in America. Just remember people, evil kills itself.

    October 25, 2012 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  19. lfantinthroom

    The true romney is the 47% romney.

    October 25, 2012 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  20. 4Mel

    Ironic that the Pres loves social media tools like FB and Twitter so much considering they were funded by mean, nasty venture capitalists who are only out to ruin the world and oppress the little man.

    October 25, 2012 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  21. OBAMA2012

    So because Donald Trump said let us see your college transcripts he has to show them. The student asked him a question and he gave him the answer he felt was best. It sure is a lot of rules being made up so spit on this mans name, GROW UP AMERICA!!!!!!!!!!!! I've never seen this much disrespect for a president in my life

    October 25, 2012 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  22. slickone

    jpmichigan, name me one politician that has ever posted his scholastic records where the public has access to them. Just one.You need to find another horse, that one wont run.

    October 25, 2012 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  23. Name. ronald pattiasina

    I like mitt rommy go bee president. Off america.

    October 25, 2012 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  24. Jim

    Romney for Prosperity.
    Obama for further decline.

    Come on Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan.

    October 25, 2012 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  25. Bill

    I voted today, and that's one vote for Romney!

    October 25, 2012 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
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