April 20th, 2011
02:02 PM ET
WASHINGTON (CNN) - As President Obama traveled to Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, CA, what movie was playing on Air Force One?
"The Social Network" of course!
The movie chronicles the creation of the social network website and founder Mark Zuckerberg's life.
President Obama met with Zuckerberg in February during a trip to San Francisco for a closed meeting with business and technology leaders. But Obama's relationship with Facebook and social media goes back to his campaign for president.
"Dating back to the President’s first campaign for the presidency, there’s a great focus on social media," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said aboard Air Force One.
But he added that this was another forum the president could use to speak to Americans about the economy and debt-reduction. "What the President looks forward to doing through this town hall, as well as the one he did in Virginia and the one he’s doing in Nevada, is have a discussion with Americans from around the country about what this means to them, why it’s so important," Carney said.
When asked if this trip was an effort to promote Facebook, Carney said the social network was already immensely popular without the president's endorsement.
"We get our message out in a variety of ways and the President appears in a variety of private enterprises to have events," Carney said. "And this is not about endorsing a specific company; it’s about accepting an invitation for a forum to speak to the American people. This is an excellent opportunity to do that."