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Monday, 18 February 2008

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Still no friends...

Perhaps the future of presidential popularity will be determined by the number of friends on Facebook.

President Bush celebrated President's Day on Monday by becoming the first United States President to have a Facebook account.

"I want to be in touch with the U.S. people, especially the younger ones," Bush told reporters. "I'm not going to be in office much longer, and I hear that Facebook is a great way to keep in touch."

Within one hour of creating his account, Bush had been "poked" 912,845 times. He was also flooded with thousands of messages from other Facebook users, the contents of which are unknown at this time. Unfortunately, he is still waiting for his first friend request.

"I was a little surprised that no one has invited me to be their friend yet," Bush said. "My daughters are on Facebook, and they each have hundreds, maybe even thousands of friends. But I'm quite confident that people will start asking for my friendship soon."

Perhaps Bush's lack of friends suggests something about his current popularity. His approval ratings are still at an all-time low, and his Facebook activity seems to solidify that the country does not approve of what he has been doing.

One Facebook user, a college student names Jon Wiskel, said that he "will happily request Bush's friendship once he is out of office. I'm really interested to see what Bush has on his profile. Maybe he will put some pictures of himself partying up. I would love to see those. But I can't in good conscience friend him until he is out of office."

It seems that most people on Facebook agree.

"Bush should have sought out another online network," a Facebook analyst told reporters. "After all, the majority of Facebook users seem to hold liberal or 'other' political views. It isn't really a haven for conservatives. In fact, some of the largest groups on Facebook are anti-Bush groups, such as "Impeach Bush", which currently has 800,450 members."

While Bush was disappointed with his initial response on Facebook, he is very confident that things will turn in his favor soon.

"I plan to read all of these messages, and hopefully I will respond to some of them and create a network of friends. And I just got invited to join my first group. Something about peaches and Bush. That sounds kind of neat."

There is no word yet on whether or not the current presidential candidates, such as Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama, will follow in Bush's footsteps and create their own accounts.

"I'd love to start up something on Facebook," Obama said. "I really want to be able to connect to every one. In fact, I think I will go sign up now."

When asked if Obama would accept a friendship from Bush, Obama replied, "Only if he promises not to endorse me."

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