President Barack Obama launched his official personal Facebook page on Monday, sharing that the page will be a place "where we can have real conversations about the most important issues facing our country."
His first post includes a video in which he shows off his presidential backyard with a walk around the White House grounds and calls for action to combat climate change. "We've got to preserve this beautiful planet of ours for our kids and grandkids."
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.)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.I hope you'll join me in speaking out on climate change and educating your friends about why this 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.Posted by President Obama on Monday, November 9, 2015
President Obama's account is not to be confused with the Barack Obama Facebook page, which takes more of a focus on sharing news and policy updates.
But don't worry about Obama's page getting too involved in the serious business of politics. "You can expect some just-for-fun stuff, too," he says in the announcement. We take that as a promise for some embarrassing #TBT posts and maybe even insights on the latest Farmville (OK, probably not, but we can dream!).
Obama finally got his own Twitter account earlier this year, and broke Robert Downey Jr.'s record for the fastest time to gain one million followers. POTUS hit the milestone in just under five hours, while it took Iron Man nearly 24 hours.