By: Marissa Guercio
Jon Favreau, speechwriter for President-elect Barack Obama learned about the perils of Facebook on Friday, after The Washington Post released a picture of him in a seemingly inappropriate light.
The photo featured the 27-year-old placing his hand over a cardboard cutout of Sen. Hillary Clinton’s chest, while another man, wearing an Obama staff shirt, held a beer to its face.
The satirical photo was only up on Favreau’s Facebook page for two hours before he removed it, and he has since apologized to the future secretary of state.
Representatives for the senator responded humorously to the Facebook photo.
“Sen. Clinton is pleased to learn of Jon’s obvious interest in the State Department, and is currently reviewing his application,” Clinton aide Philippe Reines told the Washington Post.
Favreau, a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, served as Obama’s chief speechwriter during his presidential campaign, and is said to be continuing that position.
As this issue is rocking Washington, Marist students are especially vulnerable to the same kind of scrutiny Favreau is now facing, especially as students prepare to apply for jobs or internships.
Tim Massie, chief public affairs officer at Marist College, said that this photo proves how important it is to be wary of what students post on the Internet, especially social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace.
“This example is a reminder of how we all need to be on guard at all times, managing our reputations,” Massie said.
Massie warns that prospective employers are looking at these sites more than ever.
“What a student considers a harmless, fun photo can come back to haunt you when you go to look for a job,” Massie said. “A prospective employer will see your conduct as unprofessional and you will probably not be hired.”
Massie advises students, especially those looking for a job or internship, to remember that the Internet is a public forum, and what is put out there can be seen by anyone.
“Limit personal information about yourself and never have a photo online that would embarrass your grandma,” Massie said.