Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is going to meet Barack Obama in San Francisco next week, along with other "business leaders in technology and business." Would love to be a fly on the wall in that room. Obama has a sort of complicated relationship with Facebook! On the one hand, college students clicking "like" got him elected in 2008. And Zuckerberg is running a successful business, which Obama likes, even if Facebook probably creates a net-loss in GDP due to hours wasted on Farmville.
On the other hand, both he and Michelle have bashed Facebook as a dangerous digital Pied Piper that is Bad For Kids. Michelle Obama told the Today Show last week that she didn't allow Malia and Sasha to have Facebook accounts: "I'm not a big fan of young kids having Facebook… So, you know, it's not something they need. It's not necessary right now." And Barack told a kid during a Q&A that he better watch what he says on Facebook or else he might never be president: "I want everybody here to be careful about what you post on Facebook, because in the YouTube age whatever you do, it will be pulled up again later somewhere in your life."
So that will be sort of awkward. Really, the most diplomatic thing Obama can do is make a dumb joke about "poking."
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