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Obama gets Zuckerberg to wear a tie at Facebook town hall; president doesn't 'like' GOP budget proposal


President Obama was at the Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., Wednesday to participate in a town hall meeting alongside the social media giant's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg.

Greeted with one sign that read "Is Trump from Uranus?" and another that said "Zuckerberg-Sheen 2012," Obama eventually made his way to the stage and was introduced by America's youngest billionaire.

"I’m kind of nervous," Zuckeberg, 26, said to an audience that included rapper MC Hammer, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. "We have the president of the United States here."

The president continued with the light-hearted greetings by introducing himself.

"My name is Barack Obama and I'm the guy who got Mark to wear a jacket and tie," Obama teased, directing his attention to the young engineer who donned a sport coat over a dress shirt and blue tie, but kept it real with jeans and sneakers.

As the town hall (that was being streamed live over the social network) wrapped up, Zuckerberg presented Obama with a blue Facebook sweatshirt "if you want to dress like me."

Not everything was fun and games. The president had tough words for the Republicans and their plans for the hotly debated budget. To put it in Facebook vernacular, if the GOP budget was on the popular social network website, Obama would not click the "Like" button.

"The Republican budget put forward is fairly radical, but I would not call it courageous," Obama said. "You can call that bold; I would call it short-sighted."

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Photo: President Barack Obama smiles at Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (R) during a town hall meeting April 20, 2011 at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, California. Credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

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A poll showed that 84% of the people don't want medicare touched. Folks need to watch the town hall meeting given by Paul Ryan this week. he was shouted down a number of times , especially when he talked about cutting more taxes on the rich and eliminating Medicare. I watched some of it on Rachel on MSNBC.
Ryan will be hard pressed to keep his job in 2012.
Go Wisconsin!

This is where the President shows his strength - by aligning himself with youth movements, like facebook, he's able to gain some rapport with generations Y and Z. Compare that to Donald Trump, who has only been able to establish himself as the pompous guy with the weird hair that fires people on TV shows.

heh, Obama didn't make him to wear shoes, at the end of the day..
after the Social network movie i believe mark kind of stole the whole idea of Facebook..

is Obama from Kenya?

no, but his illegal alien aunt is...


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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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