Whoops! Four of the President's Men Burned by the Internet


Following a speech yesterday billed as an effort to brainwash the youth of this nation, but turned out to be nothing more than a harmless pep talk (how shocking!), President Barack Obama took time to answer questions from high school students in Arlington, Virginia.

One of those questions came from a student (viewable at the 1:40 mark in the YouTube clip below) who wanted Obama's advice on how to become president of the U.S.

Obama's answer:
"Let me give you some very practical tips. First of all, I want everybody here to be careful about what you post on Facebook, because in the Youtube age, whatever you do, it will be pulled up again later somewhere in your life. And when you're young, you know you make mistakes an you do some stupid stuff, and I've been hearing a lot about young people who are posting stuff on Facebook and then they go to apply for a job and somebody's done a search... And that's some practical political advice right there."

Hmm...you don't think Obama was referring to his friend Van Jones, do you? Jones, the president's so called "Green Jobs Czar," resigned his position in the late hours of Saturday night in part because years ago he signed a conspiracy theory-like online petition suggesting that the U.S. government played a role in 9-11. 

In actuality, the president could have used a few different examples to illustrate his point. Here are three other folks connected to Obama who've been burned by the ghosts of the Internets.

1. Young speechwriter Jon Favreau
Remember this photo of Jon Favreau (left)? - VIA WASHINGTON POST
Studly speechwriter Jon Favreau had this photo pop up during the vetting process back in December. That's a cardboard cut-out of now Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a rival of Obama's during the primaries. The photos appeared on Favreau's Facebook page.

2. Rev. Jeremiah Wright

The controversy surrounding the sermons of Obama's now-former pastor -- first reported by ABC News -- received thousands of views on YouTube.

3. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Right-wing bloggers and pundits had a field day with a comment (born-again online) in which newest Supreme Court Justice suggested back in 2001 that Latina women made for better judges than white men.


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