Do you like Barack Obama? well now you have the chance to like him even more. By physically clicking the ‘like’ button on Facebook.
By doing so, you’d join the more than 900,000 people who have already done so as of around 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday night since our president joined Facebook for the first time yesterday afternoon.
It’s almost a little surprising it took so long considering Obama has already proven that he’s social media savvy, and has made concerted efforts in the past to appeal to younger generations.
But nonetheless, nearly seven years into his presidency, Obama has arrived on the ‘book. He can post emojis with the best of them. He can tell us he’s #sorrynotsorry, or he can post about what half of your friends already do on Facebook: telling us how much they hate Obama.
The post already has more than 38,000 comments, including one by Mark Zuckerberg. But what’s probably coolest about his new page is the addition of “life events,” beginning from his day of birth to now.
We all have the opportunity to share life events on Facebook. So I thought I’d take the time to compare my most significant moments to President Obama’s, listing them side by side.
Obama’s first life event: Born on August 4, 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
My first life event: Born on April 7, 1987 in Long Island, New York.
Pretty even. As of now, Obama and I are on an equal plane. Either of us could grow up to be president. And for my part, I’m not actually lying about being born in the U.S.
Obama’s second life event: Married Michelle Robinson in Chicago.
My second life event: Asked a girl out through instant message.
I’m not going to discredit myself too much here. Obama is a well-spoken, smooth singing, 6-foot-1 lad with a winning smile. He’s the definition of tall, dark and handsome. And for the record, I actually asked a friend to ask the girl out for me through instant message. Needless to say, it was an instant fail.
Obama’s third life event: Sworn in as Illinois State Senator.
I remember it well. I forgot to bring the electronic pet to school, and when I got home I immediately noticed he was laboring. I cleaned him up, fed him and sang him a lullaby. Basically, I was doing God’s work.
Obama’s fourth life event: Sworn in as U.S. Senator.
My fourth life event: Completed first college bar hop without passing out.
Bar hopping is an extremely fun thing to do, especially with a group of friends. But the problem is no one ever remembers it from start to finish. However, when you put in the work and build up a tolerance, and make it through from the first bar to last, and keep your wits, man, that’s an accomplishment. With all due respect to Mr. Obama, that’s something that not even he can probably say he did during his time at Harvard Law School. The only bar the geeks there know about is the bar exam. Rim shot.
Obama’s fifth life event: Sworn in as 44th president of the United States.
My fifth life event: Reintroduced Cocoa Puffs into my breakfast repertoire.
Alright, fine, this one isn’t really up for debate. Leader of the free world versus a flavorful morning snack.