Obama hits Facebook ahead of White House bullying conference

The president used the social-media behemoth to share a video preview of Thursday’s White House summit to address bullying in schools. 

Seated with first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaHillary Clinton’s sorry apology is why she’s no champion for women Obamas send handwritten note to Parkland students: 'We will be there for you' Smithsonian moves Michelle Obama portrait to larger space over high demand MORE, the president opened, “Hi, everybody. I’m not here to ask you to accept my friend request.” 

With well over 18 million fans of his Facebook page, Obama hardly needs more love on the site. 

“For a long time, bullying was treated as an unavoidable part of growing up,” he said to the camera, “but more and more, we’re seeing how harmful it can be for our kids, especially when it follows them from their school, to their phone, to their computer screen.” 

Last fall, Obama taped a similar message for It Gets Better, a nationwide campaign, in response to bullying of gay young people.