Report By: Nina Rai
Washington, 18 Dec., 2011
It seems ironical that an American President who depended so much on the social media to bolster his own presidential campaign in 2008, has today stopped his own children from using a popular site like Facebook, informs Britain’s tabloid Mail Online on Sat., Dec. 17, 2011.
President Obama, considered the 'First Social Media President' opines it’s senseless to put out the private details of his family life before the larger public especially strangers. "Why would we want to have a whole bunch of people who we don't know knowing our business? That doesn't make much sense," he adds.
The president’s older daughter Malia is just old enough to use Facebook as she is 13 while her younger sister Sasha is not yet as she is only ten. Obama is of the opinion that he would only think of allowing them to use Facebook after both are four years older. In the same interview, President goes on to say "We'll see how they [his daughters] feel in four years."
This admission of his seems kind of incongruous, considering the fact that he had made full use of Facebook and other social networking sites as a pulpit to egg on the youth in US to vote for him during the presidential election and also garner millions of dollars for his campaign.
It was largely due to this kind of promotion during the elections that Obama came to be called as the 'First Social Media President'. So much so that on his Facebook page, there are a huge 24 million 'likes.' It remains a significant part of his continued endeavor to seek a re-election.
Out of the several family pictures on his Facebook page, there is one that shows President Obama swimming in the sea, with his daughter. Moreover, he didn’t seem to have any misgivings earlier this week about using Facebook to show-case the latest official family portrait.
In the picture there is the President sitting alongside First Lady Michelle and their two daughters, all giving broad smiles. Underneath was the caption: 'The new Obama family portrait!' It has attracted 71,000 'likes' and 11,000 comments. The photograph was released to coincide with Christmas.
Source: Daily Mail