Obama to kids who want to be president: beware of Facebook
President Barack Obama advised children who want to be president to beware of Facebook.
“I want everybody here to be careful about what you post on Facebook,” Obama told a group of ninth graders before making a back-to-school speech at Wakefield High School in Virginia.
“Because in the YouTube age, whatever you do, it will be pulled up again later somewhere in your life. And when you’re young, you make mistakes and you do some stupid stuff. ”
Sounds like some wise advice, but whether the kids will listen to it is another story… high school without letting loose on Facebook? NVRGH (Never Gonna Happen for those unfamiliar with the lingo).
Critics since last week have been screaming that Obama’s education speech was only a ploy to advance his political agenda. A handful of them greeted his motorcade with signs like”Mr. President, Stay Away From Our Kids,” and “Children Serve God, Not Obama.”
Obama did not raise healthcare arguments in his speech, but it came up during his conversation with the ninth graders. He said he can’t prevent someone from getting sick but maybe he can “make sure that they’ve got insurance so that when they do get sick, they’re going to get some help.”
One student asked why the United States lacked universal healthcare when 36 other countries, including Iraq and Afghanistan, have it. Obama replied that he’s asking Congress that very question.
Whether this was a jab at Congress, we’ll leave you to judge, but he said there were a lot of politicians “who all they’re thinking about is just, ‘How do I get reelected?’ and so that they actually never get anything done.”
He told the ninth graders, usually in the 14-year-old age range, “when I was your age, I’ve got to say that I was a little bit of a goof-off” and mainly interested in getting on the varsity basketball team and having fun.
And who would the president most like to have dinner with who is dead or alive? Gandhi.
“Now it would probably be a really small meal,” Obama said to laughter. “He didn’t eat a lot.”
But Gandhi inspired American civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Obama said. “So if it hadn’t been for the nonviolent movement in India, you might not have seen the same nonviolent movement for civil rights here in the United States.”
Obama deployed administration officials to talk to kids about the importance of education, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag, and Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan.
We’re wondering how many times Sasha and Malia have heard the “do your homework” lecture…
Photo credit: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst (Obama at Wakefield High School)