He relied heavily on social media to get him elected in 2008.
But Barack Obama has admitted he has banned his daughters from using Facebook – because he doesn’t want ‘strangers knowing our business’.
The U.S. President said it ‘does not make much sense’ to put the most private details of his family life on public view.His elder daughter, Malia, is 13, and just old enough to use Facebook. Her younger sister Sasha is ten.
But Mr Obama said he won’t consider allowing them to join the site until they are both four years older.His admission seems somewhat ironic, given that he made full use of Facebook and other websites to encourage the young to vote for him in the presidential election – and to raise millions of dollars for his campaign.
As a result, he became known as the ‘First Social Media President’.
His Facebook page – which has 24million ‘likes’ – remains a key part of his ongoing efforts to seek re-election.
One of the many photos on the page shows Mr Obama swimming in the sea with one of his daughters.
In an interview, the President described the thinking behind the Facebook ban as: ‘Why would we want to have a whole bunch of people who we don’t know knowing our business? That doesn’t make much sense.’
He added: ‘We’ll see how they [his daughters] feel in four years.’ But he seemed to have few qualms earlier this week when using Facebook to release the latest official family portrait.
The photograph shows the President sitting with First Lady Michelle and their two daughters, all grinning broadly.It was given the caption: ‘The new Obama family portrait!’ and has so far drawn 71,000 ‘likes’ and 11,000 comments.
It was released to coincide with Christmas, but is not the official Christmas card, which shows an empty room in the White House with the family dog, Bo, lying by the fire.
Chandigarh, Oct 4: Government agencies and private millers procured more than 58,974 tonne of paddy in Punjab till last evening against 3,75,348 tonne procurement of previous year.
An official spokesman here today said out of the total procurement of 58,974 tonne of paddy in all the procurement centers of the state, government agencies have procured 35,448 tonne of paddy till date whereas private traders haveprocured 23,526 tonne of paddy.
PUNGRAIN had procured 32,933 tonne whereas MARKFED procured 420 tonne. PUNSUP procured 855 tonne, PSWC procured 320 tonne while PAIC was able to procure 895 tonnes paddy till yesterday, he added.
The Centre agency Food Corporation of India (FCI) had been able to procure 15 tonne.
He said Amritsar district with 11,034 tonne of procurement was leading in procurement operations whereas Tarn Taran district with 11,469 tonne of procurement was at second slot and Faridkot district a 6,130 tonne of procurement ranked at third position.
The state government has set up 1,745 procurement centres and activated its total machinery to ensure smooth procurement of paddy, he added.