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

April 20, 2011 |  3:42 pm


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