Obama joins Facebook, proving it’s now officially dad territory


U.S. President Barack Obama has a new Facebook page, which launched Monday with a video of him waltzing around the White House grounds.

He used his first Facebook post to make an impassioned plea for support on addressing climate change ahead of next month’s climate summit in Paris that will see world leaders attempt to create a global pact to combat global warming.

In the announcement and at a subsequent White House press briefing, Obama confirmed details of his participation in the Paris Climate Summit, with a visit scheduled for Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.


“Hello, Facebook! I finally got my very own page,” his inaugural Facebook post reads. “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.”

In a video, Obama says the past seven years have allowed him time in his “backyard,” a.k.a. the White House lawn, which is maintained by the National Park Service and is full of wildlife like foxes, squirrels and a hawk named Lincoln.

“A lot of what I do is just think about how I want to make sure that the beauty of this particular national park, but also national parks all across the country and also our planet are going to be there for Malia, for Sasha for their kids their grandkids and for generations to come,” Obama added.

The page also features some milestones of Obama’s life, from his earliest days as a child in Hawaii to his marriage to Michelle Obama in 1992.

And while you can’t add POTUS as a friend, you can Like his new page.

To be clear, the White House has long had an official Facebook page, which has served as something of a platform for the president in the past. Obama only got his own @POTUS Twitter account in May of this year, when he broke a Twitter world record.

It’s still unclear how much posting Obama will be doing on the page. A team of about 20 aides to Obama manages his Twitter account and the White House Facebook page, Instagram account and YouTube channel, according to the New York Times.