President Obama’s own Facebook page is up, including a video of him wandering in the back yard of the White House while talking about climate change.
“Most of all, other than squirrels I just look at the trees, enjoy the air,” Obama explains in the video, describing his backyard as a National Park. Obama reminds the camera that he is preparing a dramatic push on climate change during a summit on the issue in Paris.
“Because not only do I want future presidents to be able to take walks like this, I want to make sure that the American people the incredibly National parks,” he said, calling it “one of the greatest gifts that we’ve ever received.”
Obama’s Facebook page was released the same day that a New York Times article revealed that the president has a team of about 20 people to help him spread his message online. The president noted on his page that he wanted it to be a place of “real conversations about the most important issues facing our country.”
“Our office is very much tasked and looking for ways to bring his voice directly to people,” Deputy Director of Digital Strategy Kori Schulman told the Times. “It’s a balance of focusing on the president’s priorities and being flexible and opportunistic as conversations are happening online that relate to what the president cares about.”
Obama called for all of his followers to join the conversation about climate change on his page.
“I hope you’ll join me in speaking out on climate change and educating your friends about why this issue is so important,” he said. “At a time when nearly three in four adults online use Facebook, this feels like a great place to do it.”