President Obama just got his own Facebook page seven years into his presidency. It appears from his most recent update and cover photo, which was taken during his trip to the Alaskan glaciers, that climate change will be the theme of his official page.
The big unveiling comes just ahead of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference scheduled for later this month in Paris, France. It comes only days after Obama rejected the environmentally controversial Keystone XL Pipeline, which would have carried oil from Canada to the southern U.S. It also shows Obama, who launched his first Twitter page in May, is riding on Facebook's popularity, and can now access Facebook Mentions to host his own live streaming events.
“I hope you'll join me in speaking out on climate change and educating your friends about why this issue is so important,” the president wrote in his first post. “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.”
The president also spoke directly to Facebook users in a video from the White House's backyard, which is also a national park.
“Not only do I want future presidents to take walks like this,” Obama said, “I want to make sure the American people are able to enjoy the incredible national parks, and the incredible beauty, the mountains, the oceans, that have been one of the greatest gifts that we have ever received.”
The president also took a cue from Hillary Clinton by launching a personal timeline, including his political career and marriage to Michelle.