Obama’s Facebook Town Hall Meeting

In case anyone missed it, Obama was a hit as he held a recent town hall meeting at the Facebook headquarters in California. As described by CNN:

The White House held a “town hall” at Facebook’s headquarters, where the president answered questions before a small audience about the economy and the federal deficit. The event was broadcast live, available to Facebook’s more than 500 million users.

Facebook representatives chose questions from among the queries submitted in advance by audience members and by people tuning in on the Web. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg moderated.

After some palling around between the president and the 26-year-old computer whiz, Zuckerberg offered questions submitted online that gelled with Obama’s key talking points and victories, such as health care and education. Facebook employees, who made up the majority of the audience, were chosen to ask several questions.

During Wednesday’s Facebook visit, Obama at times related his answers to the young and technology-savvy crowds most passionate about Facebook. Obama pleaded that they “don’t get frustrated and cynical about our democracy,” he said. “If you don’t give the system a push, it’s just not going to change. And you’re going to be the ones who suffer the consequences.”

With our recent dicsussion’s focussing on the marriage of social media changing the world of politics, this could not have come at a better time. It is clear and evident how strong of an influence social media — like Facebook — has on the direction of politics and the importance/influence social media will have moving forward. With today’s younger generation considered more “civic” than idealogical, Obama is not only setting an example but setting the bar for what other politicians will inevitably have to do in order to have the same fighting chance when wanting to interact with their constituents.

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