Presidents, they're just like us! Today the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, joined Facebook. While we have to assume the leader of the free world had to jump through a few more hoops instead of simply typing in his email address into the website, it looks like he's now one of us.
The inaugural post features a breakdown of what we can expect with Barack on Facebook, as he invites the world to take part in conversations about serious matters -- while still ensuring that we can expect "some just-for-fun stuff, too." Accompanying the post is a video in which Barack takes us on a tour of his backyard (is your backyard a national park, too?) and talks about some of the kooky animals who live there. Fun fact: did you know there's a hawk named Lincoln who likes to fly around the White House?
However, the overarching theme of Obama's first few words on the goliath social media site is undoubtedly a lot more important than the kind of crap you'll find on your uncle's co-worker's niece's page. With Obama on Facebook, his post is a positive one about, well, saving the world.
"We've got to do more," says the President, "We’ve got to preserve this beautiful planet of ours for our kids and grandkids. And that means taking serious steps to address climate change once and for all." President Obama goes on to say that he will be heading to Paris in December to meet with world leaders and create an international framework to preserve our national parks, oceans, mountains, and the rest of the world. Even the shitty parts!
In the end, the President urges his audience to address climate change and think about ways we can save the world and stop fucking that shit up for our kids (my words, not his.)
Clearly, this is far more than a PR stunt; Obama is actually using Facebook for a noble cause and taking on social media to do more than post pictures of goddamn avocado toast.
Definitely excited for this "just-for-fun" stuff. What's Facebook's stance on nipples, again? Asking for a friend.
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Jeremy Glass is a writer for Thrillist and is waiting for Obama to join Snapchat.