Backstage at the Facebook town hall, President Obama and Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, talk on screen watched by staff in the room and thousands of people online.
On his trip to California, President Obama stopped by Facebook HQ yesterday. Hosted by Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, the President took part in a town hall forum, answering questions about the economy, his plan to reduce the deficit, immigration reform, health care, and even the power of the web to connect people:
[M]ore and more people, especially young people, are getting their information through different media. And obviously what all of you have built together is helping to revolutionize how people get information, how they process information, how they’re connecting with each other.
And historically, part of what makes for a healthy democracy, what is good politics, is when you’ve got citizens who are informed, who are engaged. And what Facebook allows us to do is make sure this isn’t just a one-way conversation; makes sure that not only am I speaking to you but you're also speaking back and we're in a conversation, were in a dialogue. So I love doing town hall meetings. This format and this company I think is an ideal means for us to be able to carry on this conversation.
If you missed watching the town hall online, don’t worry—you can read the transcript here.