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Obama Worries About Malia Using Facebook, Cites Privacy Concerns
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The President of the United States and the First Lady both have their own Facebook and Twitter accounts – Foursquare, Pinterest, Google+, and Tumblr too. And though the accounts are (mostly) maintained by campaign aides, you occasionally get a real post or tweet from the POTUS and the FLOTUS.

But for President Obama, the social media love stops with the parents. According to him, the other members of the first family are not quite ready to join the world of Facebook.

In a recent interview with MTV’s Sway Calloway, Obama said that his oldest daughter Malia does not have her own Facebook page. Why? He wants to protect her privacy.

Here’s what he had to say, courtesy Yahoo News:

“I’d worry about Facebook right now. I know the folks at Facebook obviously they’ve revolutionized, you know, the social networks. But Malia, because she’s well known, I’m very keen on her protecting her privacy…She can make her own decisions obviously later as she gets older, but right now, even just for security reasons, she doesn’t have a Facebook page. Dates, that’s fine, ’cause she’s got Secret Service protection.”

Malia is 14 years old. The youngest Obama child, Sasha, is 11. She technically wouldn’t be allowed to create a Facebook account until she turns 13 – although Facebook has struggled with enforcing that term or service since its inception.

Earlier this year, we reported that Facebook was considering letting in pre-teens, with some sort of strict parental controls of course.

It’s sometimes odd to think about the life of a first child. Of course, we all recognize that their daily routine – going to school, hanging out with friends, even taking a walk outside is going to be completely different than a regular person’s routine. It simply comes with the territory. But the fact that operating a Facebook account, something that 1 billion people do on a monthly basis, is simply out of the question, makes you think about what it means to be in the political spotlight.

Obama Worries About Malia Using Facebook, Cites Privacy Concerns
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  • http://Rsunday70@yahoo.com Sunday reuben

    Let us talk 2 each other instead of talkin about each other.

  • susan moore

    He is a toad. Susan Moore

  • Nicole

    You’re a toad. @susanmoore.

  • Ron Yogman

    Hurricane Sandy inflicting historic damage to broad swath of our nation; Obama administration continues cowardice Libya cover-up and we are supposed to be distracted by the Commander in Chief’s purported concern over his teen daughter(s) and Facebook?!
    Give me a break. Give the Obama family a one way ticket back to Chicago.The US simply cannot afford four more years of this teleprompted imposter!!!

    • Kim

      I think you’re hitting the nail on the head! Who would want four more years like what we’ve had!

      • CVH

        This article is actually 4 days old it was originally published Friday, October 26. Were your tracking the Hurricane then? Besides Gov. Christie, is praising the President for his support.http://gma.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/gov-christie-praises-president-obama-124558550–abc-news-politics.html

        Furthermore, every Father ought to want, for their daughter as the President said “boys who respect them and value them and understand their worth.” What is wrong with that?

    • Bertipup

      I would suggest a one way ticket back to Kenya so they can join their family. Families should stick together. All his brothers are in Kenya and Africa. FACT!

      • Gloria

        Bertipup….I guess you’d like to send all Blacks back to Africa. You are one stuck on stupid fool. People like you are an embarrassment to this country. If Romney is elected, I hope you get what you deserve and that will be more of what got us to this point in the first place. Bush economics!!! And probably another war.

        • Justin

          It’s clear now that polar politics will have a long standing debate in this current article and others. The truth is that no one is talking about the content of this article and what it really means.

          The president says that he is for the rights of women, and yet he is denying his own daughter the ability to contact and communicate with other people. He claims this is done to protect his daughter, but who out there with a 14 year old daughter doesn’t want to protect them. Obama is not the only person with a daughter that he wants to protect, and he certainly is not the only American with a high profile child, yet countless teens join Facebook on a daily basis, and so far the majority of them have remained safe, and lets not forget she does have the secret service to protect her from the one or two wackos out there that might want to harm her.

          So why protect her? well it could be that he wants to keep her free from all the negativity of the election and shield her from political aspects of it. However he by virtue placed his name up for election and thus the family has also signed on to accept the burden of negativity that comes with the attack ads and other disgusting elements of this election, therefore is he being overprotective? doesn’t that violate his daughter’s right to decide what is and is not appropriate for herself? Either the president is or is not for woman’s rights, and how he treats his wife and daughters should be a indicator of how he really feels about these things.

          The last aspect to consider is privacy. Well when you join a social program like Facebook, you do open yourself up to some privacy concerns, but that is done with your knowledge because you have some control over who and what you respond to. If a nasty person is spamming your wall with anti-obama ads, then you block or put that person on ignore. I think the truth is that the president doesn’t want her posting things on Facebook that will reflect a different opinion of who Obama is. If Obama says that it is a terrorist attack, and yet there are records on his daughter’s Facebook account where she tells her friends that it is based on a negative you tube video, then that will only undermine his position.

          This is what the president wants to keep her away from in my opinion. He spends too much time trying to cover up his lies, and now he may have to look after covering up the lies he tells his family. The easier solution would be to tell the truth, but the president being a politician seems unable to do that. Need proof that he has lied to the American people, look at his swearing in speech and count the number of lies he makes when he was sworn in.

          So you can believe that Obama is all for women’s rights and that he wants to protect his daughter, but the truth is that once again he is only covering his own rear and is repressing his own daughter to help do so.

    • Sarah

      So true!! I can’t understand how this is even news, when we have people facing actual problems! He’s such a self absorbed, liar! He needs booted!

  • iris

    I agree with President Obama. As for you people…what does the past four years of our President’s service have to do with this article. Let us face it…the right wing blatantly wanted our President to fail. You folks just do not get it. Romney would be a frightful solution to our problems.

  • http://na charmane rena watson

    our president is doing the best he can do,what we need to do is be patient,keep him in pray.things are starting to come around.keep him lifted up in pray and watch the change more.patient-faith in god that he will let this overcome……and he will…..

    • Michael

      I agree Charmane, we should pray for him and his family, and vote him out of office for his terribly inept “leadership”. Nothing personal, he is a terrible President, and I pray for him. Nevertheless, he doesn’t deserve another term. Fire him…in love.

  • suzyquzy

    He should of been worried about those who were murdered, while he watched, instead of this!!!!

    • Kyle

      Can ANYONE tell me HOW in hell heaven or earth is ONE SINGLE SOILDITARY HUMAN BEING SUPPOSE TO KNOW WHO IS GETTING MURDERED WHERE THEYARE GETTING MURDERED HOW THEY ARE GETTING MURDERED WHY THEY ARE GETTING MURDERED AND WHAT TIME THEY ARE GETTING MURDERED???? In fact I do believe that there is a thing called “THE LAW ENFORCEMENT SYSTEM” that handles things such as so! But they can’t even possibly be 125% sure when how who where or why someone is being murdered. Why, because no one can tell the future. No one human being can tell you or anyone else what the ultimate plan is for anyone else let alone their OWN plan. I say this because do YOU know if you will live to see the next two hours or to make it more realistic how about the next two minutes???? This man (Presendent Obama) is tring everything in his god given ability to fix what has happened in this country. To be honest their are soo many who blame Presendent Obama for the current status of our country but do we stop to think about who helped get the person before our current presendent into the Oval Office. We only have ourselves to blame for what has come of this country because at the end of EVERY SINGLE PRESENDTIAL ELECTION WE THE PEOPLE HAVE MADE THAT FINAL DECISION!!!! We put George W. Bush in office and he contributed to the status of our country, but yet people are quick to place the blame on Presendent Obama for how the economy is to day. WE DID THIS NOT PRESENDENT OBAMA WE PUT BUSH IN OFFICE WE CONTRIBUTED TO OUR DOWNFALL NOT JUST ONE BUT ALL OF US. But we can stop the downfall now! Yes we are the people who make this government yes we are the people who have the final say and yes we are the people who choose our future and our childrens future but we all must come TOGETHER AS ONE NATION ONE VOICE ONE COUNTRY ONE VOTE AND RALLY BEHIND THE BEST FIT NOT THE POSSIBLE ANSWER BUT THE BEST FIT FOR THIS NATION TO HAVE ANY CHANCE AT A SUCCESSFUL FUTURE NOT FOR US BUT FOR OUR KIDS AND THEIR KIDS AND SO ON AND SO FORTH!!!! It will take more than two terms to clean up this mess more than three but while WE THE PEOPLE HAVE A CHANCE AT KEEPING A PRESENDENT THAT WILL POINT US IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION WE NEED TO UTILIZE THAT PRESENDENT TO PAVE THE WAY FOR THE NEXT PERSON WHO STEPS INTO THE OVAL OFFICE!!!!!  I am only of the age of 18 BUT I BELIEVE IN A BETTER FUTURE AND A BETTER TOMORROW so stand behind me and the rest of the people in favor of PRESENDENT OBAMA and GET OUT AND VOTE. 

      • Bertipup

        Are you for real. No wonder Obama got elected in the first place and no wonder we find ourselves in this current situation! The mentality, your thoughts and outlook are v distorted. That family needs to vacate the WH asap!!! They are an embarrassment to America. They should go back to their roots and let American become America again.

        • Gloria

          Your statement is disrespectful in the President and his family. Where did you learn your hatred from? You had to be raised that way. I’m glad my parents didn’t teach me hate.

      • Michael

        Your virtual illiteracy is not helped ALL CAPS. Lets start with ‘ONE SINGLE HUMAN BEING’. That would be the President who has all the resources of the CIA, NSA, FBI and who knows what other black intel operations available to him, AND who was watching it unfold in real time! I would expect an illiterate fool like you to vote for Obama! You are his base!

        • ANNNO1FOOL

          I THINK THAT ANY ONE WHO VOTES FOR A MAN WHO CLEARLY LIES AND, MAKES NO APOLIGY EVEN WHEN HE KNOWS IT CAN BE CONTRADICTED BY TAPES AND,VIDEO FOOTAGE CLEARLY SHOWN TO THE WORLD THAT,IT IS THE CANDIDATE SPEAKING. IS THE IGNORANT PERSON. MITT ROMNEY HAVE LIED SO MANY TIMES, HE CAN NOT KEEP TRACK OF THE LIES HIMSELF. IF YOU WANT TO VOTE FOR A LIAR THAN, THAT IS YOUR CHOICE BUT, VOTING FOR OBAMA DOES NOT MAKE YOU IGNORANT IT MEANS YOU ARE SMART. PEOPLE WHO HAVE LEARNED TO USE THEIR COMMON SINCE AND NOT THEIR PERSONAL PREDJUDICES WILL MORE THAN LIKELY COME TO THIS CONCLUSSION. IF YOU WAN’T TO CALL SOME ONE IGNORANT THEN, START WITH YOURSELF. OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

          • Sarah

            Really? I was reading this and thought you were talking about this so-called President. He’s the liar! He has skewed EVERYTHING that Mitt Romney has said. He is in bed with the media and with a terrorist organization (Muslim Brotherhood). He LIED about the attacks in Libya! He lied about saying he would fix this economy…how is it fixed when he added (just by himself) 6 trillion to our debt! Just himself. NO OTHER PRESIDENT has added that much in a presidency! NO OTHER PRESIDENT!! He is a pathological liar! He is changing and turning American into a socialist nation…if you want to be like France, then move there! Don’t change what this nation is! I am sorry – but you are the ignorant one for thinking that this President ISN’T a liar!

          • Belinda Childress

            i think ur crazy, u don’t know this man, and if u could read people that well and still want romney for president something is very wrong because its very obvious that he doesn’t care for ALL of America

      • Gloria

        NO KYLE, THESE PEOPLE HIDING BEHIND THEIR COMPUTERS TALKING ALL THIS CRAP DON’T THINK. AND YES PEOPLE THIS IS IN ALL CAPS!!!!

      • http://yahoo Kathleen Fitzpatrick

        drones, emails, texts, facebook… really what an idiot!
        It was real time that those things were observed.

    • chuck

      You dont know what you are talking about. Just shut up

  • http://YAHOO.COM Lottie M. Sanders

    Anyone having personal hatred and vendettas towards President Obama should speak only for themselves and not hide behind the term America or The American People because they themselves are only one voice. And their voice does not speak for America or The American People in its entirety. I am an American Citizen and they certainly do not express my views or my stance. I, too am but one voice and I boldly stand 100% in support of and to re-elect President Obama. Although I am only One ‘voice’, I am confident that I express the heart and voice of millions. But I can only represent for myself. Every person has to make known his/her own voice individually in order to be ‘Heard’. ‘Millions’ of voices in unison is but ‘ONE’ voice. Democrats, remember when casting your Vote at the Polls for President Obama, this is the ONE time that our million voices will be heard Loudly, Clearly and Distinctively as One voice. Guaranteed. The USA is a Democracy, a Government of The People, Government For The People and Government By The People. Our Voice is more than Dollars and Cents when we stand in Unity. And we are a Force to recon with. We are a Nation of Peace, Love, Stability and Integrity, Character and Principles. A Country that can withstand ‘Hardships in Adverse situations while simultaneously render assistance to rescue and meet the needs of our Neighbors and Allies in times of attacks or distress. President Obama’s record bears witness. President Obams has ‘The Plan’ for America and The American People and he is qualified to use the ‘Term’. Democrats, we must occupy Congress and the Majority Senate Seats. Cast your VOTE for President Obama. It is imperative that President Obama remain in the Oval Office.

    Mr.President, ‘Thank you’ and your Staff for a Superb Leadership and for an Outstanding Job Performance, Contributions and Accomplishments 2008-2012…….to be continued…..January – 2013.

    • Bertipup

      Are you living in the real world? If Obama remains in the Oval Office, America will disintegrate under his policies. Pointless to start explaining why to you when you write in your comment “Thank you for a Superb L/ship and an outstanding job -you need to wake up my dear and like so many who are clueless, they cast their votes because both parties are black.

      • chuck

        You are a lying buffoon.

      • ANNNO1FOOL

        I AGREE,PRESIDENT OBAMA INHERITED A BAD ECONOMY AND, A MESSED UP START TO THE PRESIDENCY. HE HAS TAKEN THE YEARS IN OFFICE TO SET A UP A FORMAT FOR A TURN AROUND IN OUR ECONOMY. IF BUSH AND CHENEY HAD EIGHT YEARS TO DO THE DAMMAGE THEN, PRESIDENT OBAMA SHOULD BE ABLE TO SERVE AT LEAST THE SAME AMOUNT OF TIME TO GE US BACK ON COURSE. SO TO ALL THE NEGATIVE PEOPLE THAT HAS CRITICIZED OUR PRESIDENT OVER THE YEARS, “I WANT TO KNOW” WHERE WAS THAT CRITICISM DURING GEORGE BUSH AND DICK CHENEYS’ TERMS. IT IS AMAZING TO ME HOW MR. BUSH WAS ABLE TO DO SO MUCH DAMAGE TO OUR ECONOMY AND GET NO BLAME FOR IT. EVERY ONE SEEMS TO ALL OF A SUDDEN GET AMNEISIA WHEN HE LEAVES OFFICE. THE PROBLEMS WE ARE FACING NOW IS ALL OF BUSH AND CHENEYS’ FAULT. SO GIVE THEM CREDIT FOR THEIR POOR GOVERNING RECORD. THEY ARE BY FAR THE WORST PAIR OF INCOMPETENT PEOPLE TO HAVE EVER HELD OFFICE IN THE WHITE HOUSE. THIS IS THE GOSPEL TRUTH.

    • Kate

      This president has been disrepected even before he was elected. I think he has done a great job. I voted for him and that’s what great about this country that we can vote for who we think will do a better job. It took Bush 8 years to mess it up so it’s going to take President Obama 8 to fix it. He has accomplished so much more than people know. He kept his promise to end the war, to get a health care passed and so much more that I don’t have time to list. We are privilged to have the power to vote, so vote for who you want, just don’t spread lies or disrespect him.

      • John

        O I’l love to hear this list Kate. The war was ended months ago, after he sent over 30,000 troops over in his first year as president. The healthcare plan has not been made into law yet either so as of now all obama has done is increased our deficit by 6 trillion. You are why our country is failing.

        • Belinda Childress

          I’m sure the hurricane is all his fault too, just wait!!!

    • http://yahoo Kathleen Fitzpatrick

      Your response was very well written. I think you have a point even though I will not be voting for Obama, it is his policys and record that brought me to this decision. I think he loves his children and has to do what is best for his family. People need to seperate the office from the person. Visa versa as well.

      • John

        *Vice Versa. My god what is wrong with american people.

  • http://yahoo Dick

    Why is a 14 yr old dating? And why is tax payer’s money being spent on Secret Service for a 14 yr old to date?

    • Vanessa

      First off, dick, a lot of 14 year olds go on date…usually the parents take them to the movie or something and pick them up afterwards…you can’t bottle your children up forever. Especially when it comes to girls at that age boys and dating are exciting because girls have already started puberty by that time.
      Secondly, it is selfish to say “tax payers” money is spent on that..I am glad my taxes go to that sort of stuff…Being that many people HATE Obama and he has been the target of multiple death threats you can’t expect her to go out without protection right? Yet, you don’t think it’d be fair to keep a 14 year old bottled up inside because “tax payers” don’t want to pay for her protection..I would rather my taxes go to that then lazy welfare recipients.

  • scott

    Then do what I do.Dont let her use it. Be a man and act like the leader of the free world.

    • AC

      Scott, be literate and read the article and not just the headline. He doesn’t let her use it – that’s the point of the story. Leader of the Free World enough for you?? Jeex.

  • Dick

    President Obama has been a great president. Despite the fact that he inherited the worst economy reccession in recent history, he has been able to create a path through which America will work out of the mess. Many of you criticising him do not know the magnitude of the problem he inherited from the republicans. He needs the next four years to consolidate his achievements in the last four years and keep America moving forward. FORWARD EVER, BACKWARD NEVER.

    • shawn

      Dick- I’ll play along… Just promise me please when he wins…. And doubles down on the same policies that are NOT moving the economy forward at a pace we are used to.. And the debt at a minimum stays the same if doesn’t get even higher… PLEASE PLEASE, do not blame Republicans in 2016 again. Fair?

  • Tammi

    America is the most racist country in the WORLD!!!

  • http://aol jean

    Has anyone who wrote replies ever really heard what GOD can do? I doubt it because most of the replies are hateful and nobody has asked themselves, “What would Jesus do?”. I think we definitely should pray hard about the situation our contry is in now and it is not ALL Obama’s fault. How ’bout the state it was in when he took over? I remember distinctly him saying it was going to take time, lots of time, and we are so willing to kick him out before we give him that time. If Jesus just gave us 4 years, none of us would ever be able to look forward to the kingdom of heaven. We’d all be kicked out right now. Jesus’ time is not our time, this second term will be the turn-around. I feel if we all pray, Jesus will do another miracle and put the right man to lead our country in office and we must all trust that He will. He never gives up on us, why are we so willing to give up on Him? But if we pray that God will put the right man in office to lead our country into prosperity again and we have the means to feed His lambs and not hoard everything He gives us for ourselves, then the right man will be His choice, not ours. Pray and trust, that is all we have to do, but God can do anything, even change the votes on those ballets……thank you

  • http://aol jean Schneider

    I don’t know why it would not be published but just another example how Satan gets in on the act everytime God is mentioned. That should tell you something. He wants to get us all to himself and when God and Jesus were mentioned, he jumped right on that. Well, one thing for sure, he will never get me in his corner. I will continue to trust God for the answers. Oh, by the way, I am not a religious fanatic like some might think. I read my Bible and know what Jesus has done and will do if we only put our faith and trust in Him. He made promises to us that He will keep…..if only we believe.

  • Sarah

    Tell me why is this news?! Because the media is in bed with the Obama administration? I mean, how is it that this makes top news, when we have people who just had a hurricane invade their lives and cause so much destruction. Or how about the many people who are struggling because of this poor economy that Obama only added to (6 trillion in his presidency ALONE). But yet we should somehow care because he doesn’t want his daughter to use Facebook. Shut up! We don’t care! We have far more important things to be thinking about.

    • shawn

      So true Sarah… All of the interviews the politicians get is one big set up for their own talking points. None of those talking points detail what the plan is for the MAJOR issues of this country. Sadly, most of us see nothing wrong with it, because politicians and the media know that most people are stupid which is why it continues. Oh well.

    • Maggie

      Could not agree more! Well said!

  • http://facebook robertspainhour311@gmail.com

    America was founded on GOD ,freedom,it seems to be slipping away,goverment looks to be taking over every area of our life!Christians in America need to stand up for whats right,the Bible,GOD and what our founding fathers started in the beginng!2CHRONICLES VERSE 14!

    • Diane Garnett

      God had nothing to do with the foundation of this country. Read the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution. The founding father’s DIDN’T want religion involved.

      God is for you personally not for a government.

  • fuskiegirl21

    Why don’t you let Malia watch your “First Time Ad?”. Better yet why didn’t you use her in the ad?

  • Mackenzie

    Its supposed to be 18 not 13

  • CVH

    You all are a day late and a dollar short this is not even the entire article. But stay dumb and uninformed, it is what the future of your children look like.