POTUS opens Facebook page, sends first message on climate change

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In his first post, the President invites you to join him for a walk on the South Lawn of the White House to discuss our efforts to combat climate change and his upcoming meeting with world leaders in Paris about global action to address this serious issue.

“Hello, Facebook! I finally got my very own page. 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. (You can expect some just-for-fun stuff, too.)” he said

He also added, “I’m kicking it off by inviting you to take a walk with me in my backyard – something I try to do at the end of the day before I head in for dinner. I say this often, but that’s because it’s always at the front of my mind: 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. Now, we’ve made a lot of progress to cut carbon pollution here at home, and we’re leading the world to take action as well. But we’ve got to do more. In a few weeks, I’m heading to Paris to meet with world leaders about a global agreement to meet this challenge.

He also called on people to join him in speaking out on climate change and educating friends about why climate change issue is so important. “At a time when nearly three in four adults online use Facebook, this feels like a great place to do it. Share your thoughts in the comments, and pass this message on to folks you think need to see it. If we’re all in this together, I’m confident we can solve this and do right by future generations,” he concluded.

Unlike a personal profile, a page allows public figures to post updates without a friend-to-friend relationship.

President Obama’s Facebook page will serve as a new place online to engage directly with the people, with videos and posts coming exclusively from him. The page will also offer a new venue where people can share their thoughts with the President on the issues that they care about the most.

President Obama will well use the page as an extension of his press office and also promised, “You can expect some just-for-fun stuff, too.

The Facebook page follows Obama’s decision to join Twitter earlier this year. White House officials have said his tweets are written in the president’s voice — but not necessarily by the president himself.

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